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.

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

Surf City Business Cooperative Kickoff






The Surf City Taxpayers Association is pleased to share the news of the formation and official start up of the Surf City Business Cooperative. This new organization was created by a group of local merchants who have banded together to market the unique tourism and commerce elements of our town.

You can read more about it in this Sandpaper article published last month.

The group is having their kick off event  — a Merchant Workshop — and are inviting all Surf City merchants to attend. The event will be Saturday, April 29, from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Surf City Yacht Club, 399 N. 9th Street. See details below.

Best of luck to this wonderful new addition to Surf City!








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.