Plans and Considerations for the Season of 2020

We hope that you and your family doing well and adapting to our new-normal, as we move forward to the next phase of Covid-19 recovery.

Your Surf City Taxpayers Association (SCTA) board has been meeting through the winter and spring (via Zoom) to plan the summertime events and activities we sponsor, to continue to address issues facing Surf City, and you, the taxpayers, and working on other initiatives to support our Surf City community.

Events and Activities.  Please click here to see the SCTA Season Overview and Calendar of Events.  You will see that we are planning a full slate of activities.  With our ongoing Covid-19 situation, every 15 days we will evaluate whether to hold, postpone or cancel the events.  We will communicate with our members via email blasts, postings on this website and/or placing notices in the Sandpaper.

Joining — or Renewing Your Membership in SCTA.   We hope you will join the Taxpayer Association this year so that we can continue to sponsor member-oriented events, invest in projects and programs such as beautification and public safety, serve as your spokesperson / advocate on matters that are important to you and your fellow taxpayers, and continue to financially support vital local non-profit pour organization that serve our community.

You can renew your membership or join SCTA right on this website. Click here to find the annual membership form…as well as the link to join and pay via credit card.

Keeping in Touch.  The Surf City Borough Council is now holding their monthly public meetings remotely — and you can participate. Click here to go to the Borough website where you’ll find information on using the Go To Meeting app and the rules for participating. These meetings take place on the second Wednesday of every month, at 7:30 p.m.

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Alliance for a Living Ocean – Sunday, Jan 19, 2020

A good friend of SCTA, Mike Tomko (proprietor at Wally’s here in Surf City) wants to let our community know about Sunday’s ALO Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser at Applebees on Route 72 in Manahawkin. It runs from 8am to10am. Cost is $10.

Read more about it here: 

For more information the Alliance For a Living Ocean, you’ll find their website here:

Highlights from the “Taste of Surf City Member Cocktail Party”








On Friday, September 20, a group of 150 Surf City Taxpayer members gathered for the first ever “Taste of Surf City Member Cocktail Party” at the Surf City Yacht Club.

The sold-out event  brought together 150 homeowners with fifteen local merchants for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, beer, music, conversation – and a spectacular September sunset. See more photos from the event below.

It was unanimously agreed that this first collaboration between the Surf City Taxpayer Association, merchant community and Yacht Club was a smashing success. So many neighbors met for the first time. Many rekindled old relationships. Over 25 different food options ranged from a Taco Bar, to empanadas, shrimp cocktail to gourmet pizza, jalapeno poppers to Swedish meatballs…finished off with assorted Cookie Bars, Fudge and Pumpkin Spiced Coffee.

A special “thank you” goes out the Surf City Yacht club for providing the perfect local venue. And thanks to all our participating merchants: Anchor Produce, Anchor Wine & Spirits, Baked on the Beach, Blue Claw Seafood Market, Country Kettle Fudge Shop-Surf City, How You Brewin, Little Bite of Italy, Mario’s Italian Market,  MKT Eatery, Okie’s Butcher Shop,  Panzone’s Pizza-Surf City, Shore Fire Grille, The Cheese Shoppe, The Sandbox Café – Surf City and Wally’s.








Here are a few of the comments sent to us by those who attended:

  • “Thank you for organizing it and for holding an event where businesses and community can share and get to know each other.”
  • “Fabulous night, great talking with neighbors, business community went way above my expectations. Thank you for organizing, can’t wait to do it again next year!”
  • “Thanks so much for arranging this lovely event. It was so well organized; the food was delicious and an amazing group of people came together in friendship. It was a perfect evening.  Looking forward to next year’s event.”
  • “Thank you for all of the hard work to put on this event! We met a lot of people we didn’t know before.  The venue, the food and refreshments were super.   Great job!”

Legislature sends bill to Phil Murphy that exempts some vacation rentals from hotel tax

In a topic of importance to many Surf City taxpayers, the state legislature has sent a bill to Governor Murphy to exempt some homeowners from a new tax that would be levied on rentals of homes.

This article from details the exemptions and states that it is yet unclear whether  the Governor intends to sign the new bill.



New Procedures Worked Out for Homeowners Seeking Boat Ramp Passes

We received several complaints last year pertaining to boat ramp passes for vessels where the vessel was in one spouse/partner’s name, and the property in Surf City was in the other’s name.  In order to help resolve this, the Borough of Surf City has agreed to issue passes where the property and vessel are in different names under the following conditions:

* Both parties must be present at Borough Hall when the pass is requested.

*Both parties must show proof of ID, as well as the trailer and vessel registration.

*Both parties must sign an affidavit stating that the owner of the vessel has a financial interest in the property.  This affidavit will  be notarized at the same time.

School Consolidation Vote: Information You Can Use

There is an upcoming vote on September 26th concerning the proposed LBI school consolidation and related bond issues.

The Surf City Taxpayer Association is not taking a formal position on this issue, but instead encourage you to familiarize yourself with the details so you can make an informed voting decision. For those who own homes in Surf City but do not vote here, we publish this information for you as well so you can understand the impact on our Borough and on your taxes.

The most direct way to get informed is to attend the last public meeting of the Long Beach Island School Board prior to the district’s consolidation referendum on Sept. 26. The meeting will take place at on Tuesday September 19, 7 p.m. at the Ethel A. Jacobsen Elementary School in Surf City.

Here are links to several resources to get up to speed on the issues:

Detailed information on the LBI Consolidated School District site. There is also a video the Board created that can found here.

A sample ballot with the 2 questions to be voted on (Ocean County website)

A Sandpaper article recapping the Surf City Borough Council position on the issue

A fact sheet compiled by the Barnegat Light Taxpayers’ Association

A summary and point of view provided by the Harvey Cedars Taxpayer Association

A letter to the editor of the Sandpaper this week opposed to the referendum

A letter to the editor of The Sandpaper supportive of the referendum

The Pinkest Business in Surf City Award Goes To…

Wally’s! With an Honorable Mention going to Anchor Wine & Spirits and Tuckerton Lumber.

Photo of Pinkest Business Winner
Wally’s of Surf City receives “The Pinkest Business in Surf City Award” for 2017, awarded by the Surf City Taxpayers Association. From left to right, in front: “Surf Pink” coordinators, Jennifer Collins and Police Officer Sarah Roe. Rear, from left to right: Artist Jimmy Harrop, Wally’s owner Mike Tomko, Surf City Taxpayer Association President Peter Williams.

Wally's Pink Window
Wally’s restaurant painted both sides of their window with a “pink” map of Surf Pink/Surf City.









This is  second annual “Pinkest Business in Surf City Award”.  The award — given by the Surf City Taxpayers Association in conjunction with Paint The Town Pink — was one part of a collaborative effort spearheaded by Surf City Police Officer Sarah Roe and Jennifer Collins. Businesses all over town decorated their storefronts with creative displays, pink flags and ribbons.  In addition, the Taxpayer Association took on a special Borough Hall Beautification project, with planters and pink flowers adorning the building.

The first place award to Wally’s acknowledged their highly creative “Surf City in Pink” windows”.  To show their support as a participant in the 2017 Surf Pink/Paint the Town Pink Campaign, owner Mike Tomko, along with artist Jimmy Harrop devoted both sides of their front windows to paint a mini-map of Surf City in pink.

Paint the Town Pink is a campaign sponsored by Hackensack Meridian Health and merges a breast cancer detection reminder campaign with a special fund to provide free mammography to uninsured and underserved women in the community.

Anchor Wine & Spirits Goes Pink
For the second year in a row, Anchor Wine & Spirits contributed a strong and highly creative entry for May’s Paint the Town Pink campaign.

Tuckerton Lumber Goes Pink
Tuckerton Lumber, last year’s Pinkest Business Winner, came through again with a spirited entry for 2017.








Honorable Mention Awards went to Anchor Wine and Spirits and Tuckerton Lumber. Both followed up highly creative entries from 2016 with amazing displays of support for the campaign.

Congratulations to all the winners and contributors.