An information session about the future of Brigantine was held recently.
The gathering was to help kick-start the process of updating the ‘Master Plan’ of Brigantine.
The city wanted to gather input from the public on what’s wrong with the island, and how it can be fixed. There was little or no effort to reach 2nd homeowners and part-time residents.
Consultants asked attendees to fill out a paper survey. Online questionnaires, which would have been helpful in gauging 2nd homeowner interest….were not permitted by Mayor Guenther or City Manager Stinson.
Attendee feedback was encouraged regarding:
- Central business district
- What retail business are desired
- Poor city planning at the Lighthouse Circle
- Building on top of old gas station at Circle
- 4×4 damage to dunes and beaches
- Lack of recreation & attractions
- Shuffleboard courts, bike lanes, family fun
- No short term places to stay
- Decline and/or lack of visitors
- Too many vacant retail shops
- The declining Brigantine Golf Links.
- Why people go off island to shop & eat
By law, master plans should be updated, at least, every 10 years. Brigantine hasn’t updated it’s master plan for 15 years.
The second open house will be held later this summer. A final report will be shared in November.