Autumnal Happenings

The Lighthouse International Film Festival has a lot of stuff going on here this fall on LBI.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 8PM at the Long Beach Island Historical Museum located at 129 Engleside Ave. in Beach Haven, the LIFF will screen “George Tice: Seeing Beyond the Moment”

• a screening of “All In Time,” the winner of 11 film festival awards, followed by a concert by the band Badlees, at Beach Haven’s Tuckers Tavern on Friday, Oct. 14.

• The showing of director John Kurash’s “Out View of Vietnam” and a Q&A with the filmmaker at the Long Beach Island Historical Museum on Saturday, Nov. 12.

• A screening of “Fire and Water” at South-End Surf ’N Paddle in Beach Haven on Saturday, Nov. 26.


Click here for a link to the LIFF’s website.


And here for The Sandpaper’s article on the festival.

And here’s an ode to the last day of summer here in Surf City. What a wonderful summer it was too!

September 21, 2016 Surf City Bay Beach



Thank You

…from the  Surf City Taxpayers Association Board for a great summer season here in Surf City!! As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the SCTA, we hope everyone had a marvelous summer in our little slice of paradise!

Surf City Taxpayers Association Board celebrates 30 years of the organization.

Board members who were present for the celebration included, from left to right: Pete Williams, Susanne Gilbert, Jean Daniels, volunteer (and webmaster) Marc Halikas, Rosemary Fallar, Bob Lieber, Chuck Edwards, Tony Gasparro.

This summer, with the sun, surf, and sand, Surf City was the place to be!


And how lucky were we to escape from Hurricane Hermine?! Just some rough surf and winds were all we had to endure.


Surf City Homeowners Learn about Local Real Estate Sales, Rules and Regs at the August General Meeting

On Saturday, August 27th, the Surf City Taxpayers Association held its second general meeting of the summer.  The theme was “The State of Home Ownership in Surf City”.  A standing room only crowd heard our first speaker, Pat Sepanak, broker and owner of Sand Dollar Real Estate describe in detail the unit sales, pricing, days on market and percent of asking price statistics and trends in Surf City home sales.

Click here or on the image below to see the two page handout that she provided at the meeting as an overview and take-away.

Real Estate Overview Handout








The meeting’s second speaker was Borough Clerk/Administrator Mary Madonna. Mary provided an overview of the permits and processes needed to make improvements on a Surf City home. She spoke extensively about the curb requirements needed for a Certificate of Occupancy — a necessary step in every home sale.

She also spoke about the role of the department that does inspections during the construction process — and reminded everyone that they are working to protect the homeowner. Mary educated the audience on a little known fact: This department actually reports directly to the State of New Jersey.

Any question a homeowner has about any of these topics is encouraged to contact Mary’s office and she or the staff will direct you to the right person in the Borough.

A big “thank you” goes out to Dan Malay and the team at How You Brewin, for providing the abundant array of delicious breakfast treats at the meeting!

Finally, we want to express our thanks to all those who have supported the SCTA this summer during all our events and activities. As attendance continues to grow at our general meetings, we’ll be moving these sessions to the Fire House for 2017 to make sure all who want to attend can get a seat and participate.

State of Home Ownership in Surf City New Jersey: General Meeting, Saturday August 27th


August 2016 General Meeting

Click on the image to enlarge it and read all the details about the meeting.

We’re excited to invite you to the SCTA August General Meeting, titled The State of Home Ownership in Surf City, scheduled for Saturday, August 27th at the Surf City Borough Hall. At 9:45 a.m., breakfast treats — which have been generously donated by How You Brewin  — will be served. The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.

This is your chance to get the most current view of the housing market in Surf City — with comparisons to the rest of LBI. Pat Sepanak, Broker/Owner of Sand Dollar Real Estate, will walk us through 2016 statistics on home sales in our town. She’ll compare them to the years prior to Sandy and then after. And she’ll offer her assessment of what the future holds for owners, those who rent their homes, sellers and buyers in Surf City. There will be ample time for all your questions.

Our second guest speaker will be Mary Madonna, Surf City Borough Clerk and Administrator. Mary will share some of the steps owners need to take when doing construction on their property. She’ll discuss permits, zoning board procedures and answer your questions of who to contact for specific homeowner needs.

Please join us for this unique opportunity to learn all about the current state of home ownership in Surf City.

Mini Golf Results and Flea Market

 Undeterred by a rain delay, 99 golfers participated in the Surf City Taxpayers Mini Golf Tournament August 10th at Island Golf. The top of the leader board was very close in all three of the age  brackets. The prize money for the tournament was graciously donated by the Surf City 5 & 10.
Ages 8 and Under
1st – Rylee Guerriero -44
2nd – James Fitzmaurice – 46
3rd – Nathan Eagleson – 50
Rylee’s first place finish is notable in that she is the first girl this year to win her age bracket.
Ages 9 -15
1st – Aidan Walker – 35
2nd – Ryan Suarez – 37
3rd – Bri Patten – 37
Ryan and Bri had a playoff off which was won by Ryan’s hole in one on the 3rd playoff hole.
Congratulations to the two girls, Rylee and Bri , finishing in the winners pool.
Ages 16 and Over
1st – Chris Scholl – 33
2nd – Mark Travers – 35
3rd – Al Voytek – 37
Thanks go out to the volunteers from the Surf City Taxpayers Association who were the scorers , to the staff at Island Golf , and to the Surf City 5 & 10
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 Flea Market/Bazaar Fundraiser #2
 for Fire Dept/EMS, Firehouse
Tuesday, August 16, 9:00am-4:00pm
Hunt for treasures at this popular fundraiser.
Food, Beverages, Crafts, Books, and Much More.
Inside and outside vendors.
Surf City Firehouse
8th St. & Long Beach Blvd.
Flea Market

Mini Golf Reminder .

Just in case anyone’s forgotten or need the details. The second and final mini golf tournament will be held this Wednesday, Aug 10th at Island Golf.


…and this is what a perfect Surf City sunset looks like from the ocean.

Surf City Ocean Sunset

August in Paradise

                         Mini Golf Tournament – Island Golf  



Here are the pictures from the marvelous turnout on August 3rd for the annual  sand sculpture contest. What a great day for everyone!

2016 Sand Sculpture Staff


                                       Casino Bus Trip to AC
                                  Monday August 8, 9:00am – 5:30pm

Enjoy a bus ride to Tropicana Casino. Only adults (21yrs.
or older) $20 each. Receive $20 slot cash at casino.
Park at St. Thomas Church,13th & Long Beach Blvd.
Arrive 9:00am. Bus departs at 9:30 Returns 5:30 p.m.
Payment prior required. Call Anita 609-361-9490 for
questions. Send check,



August is finally here and what a beautiful start to the final chapter of summer! August glory days! Get out there and enjoy paradise!

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Tropicana Casino on Monday August 8, 2016

We still have seats available for Surf City Taxpayers
bus trip to Tropicana Casino on Monday August 8,2016.
Tickets are only $20.00 and you will receive $25.00 slot cash bonus
at the casino. The bus will leave from St Thomas Church, 13th Street
and the Long Beach Blvd. Bus departs 9:30 am sharp and returns
at 5;30 pm. For tickets call Anita at 609-361-9490.

Sand Sculpture Contest on 8/3

Wednesday, August 3 (Rain Date August 4 )
Co-sponsored by Ron Jon Surf Shop. Our most popular event!
Family fun on the 14th St. beach. Prizes for kids, teens, adults
and groups – Winners can take home a trophy! Starts at
10:00am. Judging 1:00pm-2:00pm All Surf City ordinances,
including beach badge requirements, will be enforced.

Click here for photos of last years sand sculpture event.

Just a reminder of other August events here-

Line Dance on 8/5 – Country Line Dance #2, Firehouse
Friday August 5, 6:30pm


Casino Trip on 8/8 – Enjoy a bus ride to Tropicana Casino. Only adults (21yrs.
or older) $20 each. Receive $20 slot cash at casino.
Park at St. Thomas Church,13th & Long Beach Blvd.
Arrive 9:00am. Bus departs at 9:30 Returns 5:30 p.m.
Payment prior required. Call Anita 609-361-9490 for
questions. Send check, payable to CTABSC, to 44 N. 12th St. Surf City, NJ 08008

Mini Golf on 8/10 – Wednesday, August 10, 10:00am -11:45am
Compete for cash prizes in age groups incl. children,
teens and adults. At Island Golf, 6th St. & Long Beach Blvd.





Sirens, Rainbows, and Markets

Lots going on in Surf City this week. The new siren was installed and tested successfully at the firehouse. We had a strong thunderstorm pass through right at sunset and it yielded a spectacular rainbow. And the Farmer’s Market was a sight full of vendors and shoppers happily going about their business.




New siren being readied for install at the firehouse.

Lofty perch from which the workers had to install the new siren from.



Lightening during a Surf City t-storm.

Surf City Rainbow