With Brigantine Mayor Simpson still in the hospital, residents are asking: who’s running Brigantine?
Councilman Dennis Haney says even without Mayor Andy, we have to take action and keep the city running. We need to open up Brigantine short-term rentals.
Haney called into the Don Williams WOND radio show on May 29. Is Brigantine Deputy Mayor Sera afraid to make a move without Simpson? LISTEN:
WOND Radio host and Brigantine residents, Don Williams discussed the indecisiveness of Brigantine Council and Deputy Mayor Sera: They’re afraid to make a move without him.
Williams & Haney agree: Brigantine not operating with a full deck.
That shouldn’t be, says BTA President Anne Phillips. They need a better idea of how government functions.
BTA asked: What’s Mayor Simpson’s medical condition? We have a Deputy Mayor. Vince Sera has full authority to make decision. We don’t have to wait for Simpson’s return.
A council meeting is not needed to lift the short-term rental ban in Brigantine. Councilman Sera, now the acting Mayor of Brigantine, admitted he, along with council, can compel City Manager Jim Bennett to repeal the short-term vacation ban.
Haney: An emergency meeting should have been held this past Wednesday. People want action, says Haney. Seems that Deputy Mayor Sera, along with Council members Riordan, Bew & Lettieri were not in agreement.
Haney: Still no plan firmly in place. We could have everything open for this upcoming weekend. Has close to 200 emails.
Anne Phillips from Brigantine Taxpayers Association asked: What’s the condition of Mayor Andy Simpson? The public has a right to know about these things.
Phillips, like most others, wonders when Deputy Mayor Vince Sera will step up to the plate and lead.
Brigantine City Hall Indecisiveness says Don Williams of WOND Radio.
WOND’s Don Williams: Mayor Simpson is in the hospital. Press of AC, Brigantine Times and the City itself, all avoiding this critical story. Simpson will likely miss the June 3 meeting as well.
Refreshing to hear different points of view on Brigantine City Council.
Haney: Even with Mayor in hospital, Brigantine city government must still function. Acting Mayor Sera and council could, at any time, direct City Manager Jim Bennett to lift the ban immediately.