Surf City Taxpayers Hear From The Mayor

On Saturday, a crowd of over 100 taxpayers took  full advantage of the opportunity to engage with Mayor Francis Hodgson.  After The Mayor talked through some of the transitions happening in Borough management team, dozens of citizens got their chance to ask their questions.

Issues raised ranged from fixes needed on Barnegat Avenue and other streets, to the upcoming school bond issue and the town’s budget surplus.

 The group also heard from Dan Malay, owner at How You Brewin and President of the Surf City Business Cooperative, about the efforts of that group to promote tourism in town.

Special thanks to the owners at Beach Buns in Surf City for providing the delicious breakfast treats.

 In the days ahead, come back to this website where we’ll post the budget comparison (our town vs. others on LBI) and you can see how Surf City stacks up.





The “Surf the Sidewalk” event went down in great weather on Saturday, June 17 and ran all day and into the evening. You can visit the Surf City Business Cooperative’s facebook page for more information! It is aptly named “Surf City: Main Street LBI”.


An Exciting Saturday (6/17/17): Meet the Mayor and Surf the Sidewalk!

Each year, The Surf City Taxpayer Association offers a one-time chance to meet and hear from our Mayor, the Honorable Francis Hodgson. During this meeting you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions (and hear the questions and concerns of your neighbors and fellow taxpayers).  After experiencing standing room only crowds, the meeting is moving to the Firehouse. So come early. Starting at 9:45 am, enjoy free breakfast treats courtesy of the new bakery in town, Beach Buns. The meeting will begin at 10:00am



Also on Saturday, June 17 — all day and into the evening –experience the kickoff event for Surf City Business Cooperative (SCBC): Surf The Sidewalk. Merchants all over town will help you celebrate the start of the summer with special sales, music, giveaways, free classes and more. See the ad in this week’s Sandpaper and look for signs in front of participating merchants. You can check out the SCBC Facebook page here.

Surf The Sidewalk

The Farmers Market will commence on Mondays starting June 26, 8am-Noon running through Aug 28. Location- Surf City Firehouse.

Farmers Market-Surf City NJ (poster)


Surf City Flag Available for Purchase

The Taxpayer Association has been making this decorative flag available for purchase for over 20 years. A fresh batch is in…and you can purchase it at the Meet the Mayor meeting on June 17th, or year round at Anchor Wine & Spirits. The cost is $30. It’s a great way to show your pride and love for Surf City!

The flag illustrates the rich maritime and whaling history of our community, as well as the modern recreational town it is now.

Surf City Flag


Brief History of Surf City



Big Day in Surf City on Saturday 6/17!

Meet the Mayor on Saturday June 17th at 10AM . But come early (9:45) for some breakfast! Due to overwhelming crowds in recent years, the meeting is moving to the Firehouse. Breakfast snacks will be provided by the new Bakery, Beach Buns, at 610 Long Beach Blvd.

Also there will be a kickoff event for Surf City Business Cooperative (SCBC). Details to follow


Of interest to some might be the filming of MTV “Beach House here on LBI. Link here to The SandPaper article for all the details.



Meeting Notice from the Joint Council of LBI Taxpayers Associations: Southern Regional School District Funding

In our ongoing commitment to keep Surf City taxpayers informed on topics that have an impact on your community and your taxes, we are sharing an email — as received — from the Joint Council of Taxpayers on LBI.  While we are not taking an official position on the topic as of now, we want to provide you an opportunity to have your voice heard. Here is the email:

Dear JCTA,


We have set up a meeting on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 7 pm in the Chapel at the Harvey Cedars Bible Conference with Vito Gagliardi from the law firm of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman to discuss the funding issue at the Southern Regional School District. The Bible Conference is located at 12 Cedars Avenue in Harvey Cedars and everyone is invited to attend. Vito will be discussing the status of the five districts who have been successful in changing their funding arrangements and also review the process if our Long Beach Island towns are interested in pursuing the issue.

We, the LBI JCTA (Joint Council Of Taxpayer Associations) organized this meeting and we (The JCTA) want to provide transparency in any future endeavors. The JCTA’s main concern is the huge disparity between what Stafford Township pays per student ($4,122 per year) and what the Long Beach Island towns pay per student (varies between $51,304 in Ship Bottom and up to $254,614 in Harvey Cedars per year). This disparity exists because of the original Southern Regional agreement based strictly on each Town’s assessed value, instead of their student population or a combination of both (the original agreement can’t be located anywhere). Therefore, Vito will explain in detail the process necessary to change the funding mechanism and the respective costs.

Vito has been successful in saving five Municipalities substantial tax dollars such as North Haledon, Seaside Park, Avalon, Stone Harbor and Oradell; however, Oradell is currently under appeal. Although each town has its own set of circumstances, the ultimate goal is to save money for the most unfairly taxed LBI homeowners by introducing a more equitable funding mechanism.

Again, there is a lengthy detailed process that must be followed to accomplish this goal and Vito will explain the process as well as the costs involved. This is a Public Meeting and everyone is invited and encouraged to attend since it affects you.

All LBI Taxpayer Associations are encouraged to e-mail their members about this very important meeting!


Bill Hutson – Pres. JCTA

Summer Kickoff and Education Meeting

Surf City residents and visitors were treated to decent weather on Saturday, May 27th for the Memorial Day Observance at Veteran’s park. The official start of summer has arrived!

Local Veterans pose with Boy Scout Troop 61

2017 Calendar of Events in Surf City – Click to Download



Pancakes and Cars…and Summer!

Join the folks at the firehouse on Sunday, May 28th from 8am till Noon for a pancake breakfast fundraiser. $9 for Adults and $5 for Children


Also happening is the 4th Annual Classic Car Show
on Sat, June 24 from 10 AM to 3PM at the  Surf City 5 & 10.Car_Show_Poster
…….plus, dowload and check out the entire summer calendar below to kickoff the official start of Summer 2017 with 2 events!!
And don’t forget the Memorial Day Observance at Veteran’s Park on Saturday, May 27th at 11:00 am.
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Flicks and Badges

Surf City Borough beach badges are on sale for $30 pre-season until May 31st. After May 31st the badges are $40. Full info below.

Catch “The Oyster Farmers” at the  Surf City Fire House during The Lighthouse Film Festival which runs from June 8-11. Oyster Farmers was shot entirely in our bay. For full info off the festival’s website click HERE.

Oyster Farmers Teaser Video





Four Lanes & a 5K


The LBI causeway will have a four lane traffic pattern this summer during the on going construction and restoration of the old bridge. For details in The SandPaper click here.

Get LBI Running, a fundraiser to benefit the Surf City Volunteer Fire Co. & EMS workers will run on Saturday, May 20, in the borough. Click here for details in The SandPaper.


Causeway Sunset


Smoothies and Some Pink

Very nice article in The SandPaper about Ethel E Jacobson Elementary students planting, harvesting and preparing kale into smoothies.



This month Surf City will have the town dressed in pink as a reminder for women to understand the importance of annual mammograms! Borough Hall, businesses and residents will be displaying decorations.

Again this year, the Surf City Taxpayer Association will be sponsoring “The Pinkest Business Award” — bestowed upon those businesses who have done the best work in showing their business’ support for the Paint The Town Pink Campaign.

You’ll also notice the pink flowers planted at Borough Hall — another element of our support for this important, town-wide initiative.

Other events: There will be a “Canvas and Cocktails Paint The Town Pink” event at LBI Foundation for the Arts and Sciences on May 26th this year.

For full details click here for the LBIF website.

Tuckerton lumber dressed in pink!