Brigantine Council Approves New Code Enforcement Positions for Rentals

The most recent meeting of the Brigantine City Council resulted in the approval of new positions to address short-term rental issues, the authorization for the city to enter into a New Jersey Cooperative purchasing agreement, and discussion on the community’s concerns over increased energy bills following the installation of new electric meters. The council also covered updates on litigation involving windmills and the enforcement of regulations on short-term rentals.

The council’s decision to create two new positions, a code enforcement supervisor and a code enforcement inspector, aims to strengthen the city’s ability to manage the growing number of short-term rentals. The new roles are expected to support the implementation of a program designed to address the challenges and concerns associated with short-term rentals.

In addition to the focus on short-term rentals, the council addressed a resident’s concerns regarding increases in energy bills. These concerns emerged after Atlantic City Electric installed new electric meters. The resident, who brought forth data, called for transparency from the electric company. The council debated the accuracy of the meters and acknowledged the need for further information from the utility company to understand the reasons behind the reported surge in billing.

The ongoing litigation concerning windmills was another point of discussion. The city is considering the possibility of a countywide meeting to deliberate on the projects and their potential impact on the community. The council’s engagement with this matter underscores its ongoing efforts to safeguard the interests of Brigantine’s residents.

Moreover, they approved a resolution for the city of Brigantine to enter into a New Jersey Cooperative purchasing agreement, which could provide financial advantages for the city through shared services and purchases with other government agencies.

Additionally, the council approved an irrigation design consulting construction at the Brigantine Links Golf Course, a real estate tax exemption, and a resolution granting a driveway to the city. These approvals reflect the council’s involvement in the development and maintenance of city infrastructure and facilities.

Another item that garnered attention was the discussion of an ordinance related to the parking of boats and trailers on city streets during certain months. The debate surrounding the rationale behind the ordinance highlights the council’s ongoing efforts to address and regulate community issues comprehensively.

During the meeting, the council also approved a consent agenda that included various requests for events and licenses.

The city manager updated the council on improvements to the sound system within the council chambers, noting that all microphones had been replaced and further upgrades to the audio and visual systems were underway.

The meeting began with a prayer led by Deputy Mayor Karen Bew, who honored the late Brigantine resident Filamina Arena. The council then moved to the approval of the previous meeting’s executive session minutes, which passed without discussion. The council opened the floor to public comment on agenda items, but no comments were made.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Vincent J. Sera
City Council Officials:
Vince Sera, Neil Kane, Michael Riordan, Karen Bew, Paul Lettieri, Dennis Haney, Rick Delucry

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