Respect Brigantine is part of the mission behind a new organization called ‘Respectable Government for Brigantine’. This recently announced, grass roots effort wants the island’s government to go back to a ‘Commission’ form of government. The group is lead by Frank Koch, president, and Vince Sera, vice president, who both noted that Margate and Ventnor used a Commission form of government.
Vince Sera said: “We see the form of government currently in use to be ineffective. The current government structure is set up to serve the needs of a large city, not a small community such as ours. That needs to change. With a year round population of approximately 9,000, smaller government is appropriate.”
Koch & Sera also want to see department chiefs brought back, replacing the public safety director position.
As reported in the Beachcomber News, City Clerk Lynn Sweeney said she thought 20 percent of the voters who voted in the last general election (1,389 voters) would have to sign the petition in order for a referendum to take place. Sweeney reached out to Atlantic County officials for clarification, but did not have a definite answer by press time.