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Tough Love for Brigantine: Schools, Business and Real Estate Trends in 2018.

Brigantine Taxpayers Association (BTA) has penned another open letter to the residents of Brigantine. The BTA asked: What’s Ahead for Brigantine? Let’s take a look at some of the current trends in Brigantine, as influenced by the BTA’s recent letter. The residential population of Brigantine is in steady decline. In 2000, Brig had a population …

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Taking Back Brigantine. Step by Step Guide by Albert Zini

Brigantine homeowners, especially those who invested heavily in secondary vacation homes, have been stepping up their inquiries into a variety of questionable City Hall financial activity. For over 15 years, Brigantine has been consistently identified as having some of the worst record keeping & financial accounting of any small town along the South Jersey shore….and …

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Links at Brigantine Golf Drops $200,000 in Annual Revenue. VIDEO

Why is the Brigantine Links Golf Course still a financial burden on local taxpayers? That was the big question at the recent Brigantine City Council meeting on March 1., 2017. The call for transparency about the Brigantine Links Golf Course. It’s like pulling teeth getting regular updates on this under-leveraged, prime asset, says a group …

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Brigantine Spotlight: City Solicitor Fred Scerni

When in doubt, cornered by the facts, or when his stammering gets too intense….. Mayor Phil Guenther can always fall back and punt to Fred Scerni, our highly qualified City Solicitor. At times, it seems like Mr. Scerni is not fond of bailing out Guenther and his wing-man; Councilman Simpson. But hey, Fred’s a pro. …

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‘Pay To Play’ Still a Problem With Brigantine Contracts

Is Brigantine City Manager; Ed Stinson, following NJ State mandated Pay to Play (“PTP”) regulations? As of Sept. 2016, that answer is no. WATCH VIDEO. PTP applies to most contracts the City of Brigantine enters into with vendors, contractors and other professional service providers. In general, the PTP requirements compel the contracting party to disclose …

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SEE > Brigantine Public Employee Healthcare Benefit Package

Brigantine Public Employees enjoy some of the best healthcare benefits anywhere. They pay some of the lowest deductibles too. Good for them. Who can fault them for taking a benefits package that’s so great and rare…..you’ll think the following pages are a misprint. Can we afford this? Is YOUR health care this good? What do …

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Letter to Editor. Brigantine City Manager Contract is a Problem

Dear Editor: City council approved recently an employment contract for the City manager who was appointed by council in 2015.  There are several aspects of this agreement which should be known by, and of interest to, taxpayers, more so than might be expected from such a document.  The Brigantine Taxpayers Association commented on this contract at …

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Discount Plumbing by Brigantine Public Works. Gas Station Dirt.

Brigantine Public Works getting into the plumbing business? Looks like it. We watched a crew of Brig DPW guys working for 3+ days…with lot’s of overtime… next to the Lighthouse in early March. A team of 14! city workers were ripping up a county road in order to connect water & sewer to the new …

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Letter to Editor: We’re Watching Ed Stinson, Brigantine City Hall

329 Brigantine city employees in 2016 compared to 311 in 2015. Who is our Director of Human Resources? Did the City of Brigantine seek out a candidate who is knowledgeable and educated in Personal leadership and maintaining and expanding a non biased Human Resource dept? Surely, our Brigantine City Manager; Ed Stinson, should know the …

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Compare Brigantine & Ocean City; Fairness in Taxes, FBI Investigation

How is Brigantine similar and different from OCEAN CITY?  It’s not what you think. According to ShoreNewsToday,  the FBI is investigating Ocean City for a variety of mis-steps frowned upon by 2nd homeowners & part-time residents of Ocean City. Hey Brigantine…..take note. Michael Hinchman, president of a Ocean City based group called Fairness in Taxes, …

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Brigantine Police Chief Retirement Payout, Thanks to OPRA Request

Can Brigantine really afford these rich, public employee contracts? That’s the question on everyone’s mind as the Police Chief revolving door cranked out another big pay day. After less than 2 years in that position, Tim Reed has announced he will retire. Ask and you shall receive. We appreciate the quick turnaround by Brigantine City …

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Less Fires, More Pension Costs for Brigantine Fire Department

How much should we pay for a Brigantine Fire Department that rarely fights a fire? Why send a firetruck to a medical emergency? Click to listen to excerpts from past NPR story. A big but little understood fire department expense is not salaries, it’s retirements and those healthcare and pension benefits. Brigantine currently has $4.5 …

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Brigantine City Manager: Police Contract Off Radar, Minor Typos.

Watch Video > Minor changes to indexing and fixing some typos. That’s what Brigantine City Manager Ed Stinson claims is the glitch keeping the latest Police Union agreement from being signed. On Wed JAN 3, the Brigantine City Council meeting publicly revealed that the so-called Brigantine Police contract announced on Sept. 2, 2015 never really …

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Brigantine Police Union Gets $ Better Deal without Legal Contract

Written by Brother of ‘Mad Dog’ Morgan. Thought to be signed, sealed and delivered months ago, it looks like there’s still no legally binding, signed contract for the Brigantine Police union. This was confirmed by Brigantine City Clerk Lynn Sweeney on Thursday Jan 28, 2016. ( see below ) Voted on & approved by Brigantine …

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New Brigantine Police Union Contract Not Signed. Details Unknown

The City of Brigantine has yet to publicly release an approved, signed labor agreement with Brigantine Police officers that was voted on Sept. 2, 2015 by City Council. As of Jan 26, 2016, a signed Brig PD contract has not been shared by City Hall, even after OPRA requests were filed for it. Anecdotal evidence …

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