Open bar on Brigantine Beach? Yes. It made this wedding party very happy on Sept 19. It also provided for a very low cost wedding day since they didn’t have to pay for a catering hall. On the other hand, Brigantine restaurants, bars, and those who provide catering / food services are not happy about this. Neither are residents that live in the cove beach area.
On Sun, Sept 18, 2016….the ‘Cove’ beach area featured a 5-hour open bar with whiskey, beer & wines. The wedding reception was held in this beautiful spot. Even an employee of ACIT was in the house. (Atlantic County Institute of Technology)…. which is run by Mayor Phil Guenther. This ACIT employee is also a local lifeguard that knows alcohol is never allowed on Brigantine Beach.
Drinking on the beach is not legal in Brigantine, even though some quietly imbibe via red cups, especially at The Cove. In this case, a full bar and party tents were erected with the tacit approval & endorsement of Mayor Guenther, Councilman Simpson & City Manager Stinson.
Permits were not issued for a reception or open bar on Brigantine Beach. They’re both illegal. A permit WAS issued for a wedding ceremony only.
Illegal drinking on the beach is potentially dangerous issue. Drunk driving is more likely since the cove is mainly a ‘drive-on’ 4×4 beach.
Shuttle service was provided to guests that parked through-out the residential area, near the cove entrance. A 4×4 shuttle took guests to the reception. Kara Catering of Cape May handled the food. They used NO PARKING areas for their vehicles. Professional open bar, bartender services, & DJ were also on hand.
This mis-use of city & state assets is another striking example of why very few entrepreneurs want to start a business in Brigantine, and why property values are so low.
This 5 hour wedding reception could have spent money….and supported local business in Brigantine… and rented party rooms….and catering / food services from.. Cellar 32, Macedonian Grill, Elks, THE COVE, Andre’s, Crab Shack, Bella Luna, Pirates Den, Laguna Grill, Yianni’s…etc. But no.
No taxes paid. No permits. No liquor license. No electric bill. No hall rental fees. No clean-up duty. Trash was left behind for Dept of Public Works to deal with. Reach out to John Doring for pictures.
Hey locals: feel free to vote for all the Guenther endorsed candidates this Nov 8….and watch as your property values stay stuck in the mud.
Hey 2nd home owners: time to hire an attorney to represent YOUR rights as taxpayers. The opposition party to Guenther’s Greenhead political party (McClay & Withers) are certifiably useless.
READER FEEDBACK from BrigLifer:
The wedding party at the Cove on Sunday was a disgraceful action on the part of the administration. It clearly shows a glaring example of how little they actually think of the town, the businesses and the citizens that they claim to represent.
I saw the tents as I drove over the bridge. Probably with a portion of the cost paid at our expense and with our tax dollars. This is a city – not a fiefdom – and the mayor and council do not own Brigantine. Unless they passed a resolution suspending the no alcohol law for the day and can prove that it used NO city services – this was an illegal gathering.
The sign that clearly states that there is to be NO alcohol on the beach is a mere 400 yards from my front door. Where were the police and why were they not enforcing the law? Maybe we need a protest group like Brigantine Landowners Matter. With an acronym like BLM – maybe that would help. The we could protest and the national media would show up.
But here I’m serious: Isn’t the mayor potentially guilty of misappropriation of funds if city services were used to support this stuff? (Man, I REALLY did not want to type ‘stuff’…) As they say – “Enquiring minds want to know”, Brigantine Now. Get us an answer.