By a unanimous vote of 7-0, Brigantine Mayor Vince Sera and his City Council passed a new short-term rental law. The updated ‘STR’ ordinance will primarily rely on ‘changing behavior’ rather than enforcing a longer length of stay like other shore towns.
Did Sera ignored advice from Ventnor Mayor Lance Landgraf? Seems that way. Watch video above.
Brigantine’s Mayor Sera: There’s a real fear a problem short-term rental property could pop up at any time and totally destroy your neighborhood. This fear will continue until the city gets these properties under control. These new regulations are heavily focused on enforcement, not length of stay.
Brigantine adopted a 2-night rental minimum in their new, short-term rental ordinance. 22 pages of sometimes confusing language and boilerplate.
People have a lot of money on the line. They’re making money and we don’t need to put up with that.
Today was the first time in months I actually saw little kids riding a bike. We don’t have any little kids anymore. (loss of full-time families)
When we call the police, they don’t answer complaints. What about all the complaints that were lost from 2015 to 2023? Missing from the OPRA requests for eight years. Where did they go?
Resident Andrea Sullivan: STRs are wreaking havoc. Tour buses rumbling down the street. You know what a diesel bus sounds like? I’ve taken all kinds of heat. I’ve been threatened because I’m speaking the truth and representing my neighbors. I’m battling on behalf of my community. So if I don’t shut up, I’m going to get it. Cause we’re going to sue you if you don’t shut up and apologize and recant everything you said.
Sera: I’m not in favor of a three, five, or seven night rental minimum. Changing ‘behavior’ is better plan.
Brigantine Fire Department provides rental inspections, but not once have we heard from Fire Official, Jack Murray.Public Comment
Highly unethical behavior. A Brigantine councilperson talking about residents of 20th street. We asked him to recuse himself because he had a real estate license. He mocked us. That’s wrong.
Paul Amalfitano of the Brigantine Chamber of Commerce. No consensus amongst the membership.
Anne H Phillips; Sera acknowledged that short-term rental industry is ‘not the best thing for our economy or our tax base.’
Buses coming down the street at 2am. Where did that bus come from? Mexico or New York?
Brigantine City Manager Tiger Platt not engaged with STR issues.
Bad rentals don’t start off that way. They start off as somebody’s home and then they get converted. There are enhancements done to these properties, to make them more marketable or higher priced. A lot of that stuff is not done under code.
Short-term rentals don’t help the year-round community. It hurts residents and small business. Losing full-time residency. Young families not moving to Brigantine. Retirees avoiding Brigantine due to weak STR ordinance. Commercialization of residential zones.