Polillo: I asked Council in December to present the last offer from Jaworski Golf to the citizens of Brigantine. We were told that the Solicitor was preparing an agreement (contract) that would be presented to Council for a vote. We have heard nothing to date!
I think it’s PAST DUE the time for our taxpayers to know what’s on the table about the Links at Brigantine.
It’s no secret that the current majority of Guenther/Simpson/Sera/Bew supports a non-profit running of the golf course. This option has been a disaster in EHT with McCullough’s Emerald Links.
The taxpayers have not seen a penny since the City of Brigantine bought the course. The “Golf Utility” was supposed to make a payment in lieu of taxes, NEVER HAPPENED.
The Golf Course was to never cost the taxpayers a cent…. with the 2013 and 2014 losses the taxpayers have subsidized the course by over $1,000,000 dollars. In addition there was over $700,000 spent that has yet to bonded. This in addition to the outstanding debt of $1.6 million that has to be paid regardless of who operates the golf course.
It’s time for the City of Brigantine to stop pretending to be golf operators… and let the professionals handle it.
As I stated to Council, instead of worrying about a non profit… how about a NON-LOSS! Just having the name recognition of Jaworski Golf will be beneficial to our homeowners along the course, and the business owners on the Island that will be visited by players. The publicity of a Celebrity Golf Tournament with many professional athletes will boost home sales and business. The Taxpayers deserve to know “what the deal is”.