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.

Surf City NJ Has Gone Pink (and which business is the “pink-est”?)

05-05-16CroppedPaintPinkPhotoFor the third year in a row, Surf City or “Surf Pink” as it has been affectionately referred to, will be teaming up with Meridian Health for their annual Paint the Town Pink campaign.  Read further on and you’ll learn about the Surf City Taxpayers Association involvement this year, including the “Pink-est Business Award”.

Paint the Town Pink is a collaborative effort between various communities in Monmouth and Ocean counties to raise awareness of the importance of annual mammography.  Many of you have probably seen in past years the pink ribbons lining the Boulevard, the large banner displayed out front of Borough Hall, or the different businesses’ storefronts that have been
decorated pink.

These wonderful pink displays are dual purpose; not only do they add a fun element to the town, but they serve as a visual reminder for women to “think pink,” and by that, we mean to think about their breast health.  Unfortunately, statistics show that about 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime and in 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S.

Early Detection is The Answer

With that in mind, early detection can be a woman’s best defense against breast cancer.  The main goals of the Paint the Town Pink campaign are to promote breast cancer prevention by encouraging women in the community, aged 40 and older, to get their annual mammogram.

The Paint the Town Pink event merges the detection campaign with a fundraising component for Meridian’s pink funds.  Each Meridian Hospital has set up a “Pink Fund” to provide free mammography screening to uninsured and underserved women in their respective communities.

More Information is Available (especially how to get a mammogram)

More information on the Paint the Town Pink campaign, as well as information for fundraising events in Surf City and other participating communities, can be found at .

If you need or a loved one needs a mammogram and do not have the ability to pay for it through insurance, or other means, please contact one of our Centers (listed below) and a representative will walk you through the process.  You will need a prescription from a doctor on our medical staff.

scta is Proud to PARTICIPATE in 2 ways

The Surf City Taxpayers Association is joining this great effort in two ways. First, we’re encouraging businesses — as in years past — to “do up their business” in pink.

5 & 10's Pink Inspired Entrance
Surf City 5 & 10 made a pink entrance
Island Realty's Charming Pink Display of Support
Island Realty had this charming pink display of support.
Tuckerton Lumber had a great display of pink "beach hardware".
Tuckerton Lumber had a great display of “pink beach hardware”.







Leave it to Wink to do up a pink outfit.
Leave it to Wink to do up a pink outfit.







Pink-themed window displays, signage, ribbon placements or pink inspired knick-knacks will all the do the trick. At the end of May, a group of SCTA judges will take pictures of each participating business and select one to receive”The Pink-est Business Award”.  That business will get promoted and publicized for their creativity and contribution to the spirit of Surf Pink 2016.

For businesses who want more information — and want to get a FREE swag bag of decorating supplies, including your pink bow, and to get your business listed on the PTTP webpage — check out this Facebook post .

Second, a special SCTA Beautification Committee has been formed to select and donate urns and flowers that will decorate the Borough Hall entrance and flowers that will bloom on either side of the entry sidewalk. Hopefully these blooms will be a wonderful “think pink” reminder to all.

We would like to thank Susan Scangarello of Bay Avenue Plant Company of Surf City for her counsel. We so appreciate her time and deep knowledge of plants in helping us select our pink blooms.

And also, a hearty thank you and congratulations to Sarah Roe, who is the driving force behind Surf Pink and our town’s participation in this important initiative.

access the Paint the Town Pink “Pink Fund”

Jersey Shore University Medical Center (Jersey Shore Imaging),
Neptune- 732.988.1234

Ocean Medical Center, Brick- 732.836.4025

Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank- 732.530.2305

Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin- 609.978.8900, ext. 4232

Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel- 732.962.7230

New Jersey Declares State of Emergency – Chowderfest 2015 is Cancelled

From your Surf City Taxpayer Association:

Here is a link to read about the State of Emergency declared by Gov. Christie, due to Hurricane JOAQUIN.

Here is a link to read the Sandpaper announcement about the cancellation of this year’s Chowderfest, the first ever in the 27 year history of the event.

Our goal is to keep this site updated with breaking news about the storm.


Heroes Among Us

Jean Daniels, Surf City Taxpayer Association Board Member
Jean Daniels, 18th Street Resident and Surf City Taxpayer Association Board Member.
Bob Fried, Surf City Taxpayer Association Board Member
Bob Fried, 21st Street resident and Surf City Taxpayer Association Treasurer and Board Member

Attendees at the Surf City Taxpayers Association Town Hall Meeting Saturday learned about an act of heroism that occurred in our town Friday night, August 21st — and got to congratulate the heroes in person.

While walking on the beach  around 5:30 p.m Friday, Surf City resident (and SCTA board member) Jean Daniels heard faint calls for help coming from the ocean. She looked out and saw a father and 4 children in the distance, drifting away from shore, struggling to stay afloat. With lifeguards off duty at 5:00 p.m., Jean immediately looked for help. She saw a man on his cell phone nearby and rushed to get him to call 911.
In an ironic twist, the man was known to her. It was Bob Fried, a fellow Surf City Taxpayer Association board member. Without wasting a moment, Bob gave his phone to Jean to call 911, grabbed a boogie board that had been left on the beach and jumped into the ocean to swim out to the family in distress.
Bob battled the current and finally reached the father and his 4 kids. With one other board already in the water, he got each one of the very frightened swimmers to grab hold of the boards.  He then pulled two boards and all five people to shore.
Shortly thereafter, Surf City Police, Fire/EMS and Harvey Cedars Police arrived on the scene to make sure everyone was alright. And indeed they were, thanks to Jean’s attentiveness and Bob’s heroic ocean rescue.
We’re so very proud of Jean and Bob. Their quick thinking and selfless act of heroism prevented what could have been a very tragic accident. Both Bob and Jean were in attendance at the Town Hall Meeting Saturday, continuing on as if nothing had happened, carrying out their normal duties as board members.  Both were given a very warm and very deserved round of applause from the crowd.

Town Hall Meeting – Saturday, August 22nd

Join us Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 at Borough Hall for our second Town Hall Meeting with  local Surf City officials. Bagels, sweets and coffee courtesy of Surf City Bagels and Bakery, will be served starting at 9:45 a.m. The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.

This is your chance to learn about how to get things done in Surf City and get your questions answered. As we’ve surveyed and talked with taxpayers, questions have come up about our roads, like: “Why are some streets repaved and others not? Why are streets flooding more than before? How do I make a request or ask a question about my street?”

Question about our taxes and town budget also continually come up. For instance: “There are things on my tax bill I don’t understand; can someone explain the bill in simple terms? How much of my tax dollars stay in Surf City? How are spending decisions made or rejected?”

To help address these and other questions you might have, our guest speakers are:

Jackie Siciliano, Surf City Councilwoman, who oversees roads and streets; and David Pawlishak, Surf City Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer. You can read about their backgrounds below.

We look forward to seeing you Saturday August 22nd!

Town Hall guest speaker Councilwoman Jackie Siciliano, oversees roads and streets.
Ms. Siciliano has been a Surf City Councilwoman since July 2013. She is a University of Kentucky graduate and resident of Surf City for over 18 years. Jackie served on the Surf City Board of Health from 2009-2012 and the Surf City Land Use Board from 2012-2013. She is a Minister of Hospitality at St. Thomas of Villanova Church and former President and volunteer for LBI PTA. Currently she is volunteer for Long Beach Island Education Foundation (LBIEF). She is self employed and married to Dr. Theodore Siciliano for 20 years and has one son, Teddy, 18 years old.

Town Hall guest speakder David Pawlishak, Surf City Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer. CPA, RMA, CMFO.
David Pawlishak has been the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the Borough of Surf City since 1999, where, as Director of the Department of Finance, he oversees all aspects of accounts receivable (including collection of taxes and water/sewer charges), accounts payable, budgetary operations and
payroll. Originally from a steel town in western Pennsylvania, David entered the U.S. Air Force upon graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He served as a Minuteman ICBM Launch Officer and Instructor of Missile Operations with components of the Strategic
Air Command. While on active duty, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Dakota.
After being honorably discharged with the rank of Captain, he re-entered civilian life and began working as an accountant and auditor with a public accounting firm on Long Beach Island.
Later, he started his own public accounting firm, and was appointed statutory independent auditor for multiple municipalities, school districts and utilities authorities. Eventually, the opportunity arose to apply for a job at the Borough, as the long-time Chief Financial Officer announced his retirement.

Warning – Several Portuguese Man of War Spotted in Surf City

Here is an important post and warning from the very informative and timely Surf City Facebook Group — run by Andy Warren. If you are not a member of this group, we highly recommend you submit a request to join.

Here is an article on the subject appearing in the Asbury Park Press quoting Councilman Peter Hartney.

Keeping our beaches and town safe is our #1 priority. Please heed the advice in this explanatory note.



September Borough Council Meeting – Interesting Stats for All

On September 10th, the Surf City Borough Council met and revealed some interesting facts about the summer. For instance:

  • Beach badge revenue was $541,700 in 2014. That beat 2013 by $37,995
  • There were 210 rescues on the beaches this summer
  • There were some “classic facts” about the police work in town during August:
  • There were 42 investigations. There was $7,804 in stolen property, $3,300 of which was recovered. There were six arrests, including one kid. There were also 163 parking violations. There were 14 car accidents.

Read the entire report from the Sandpaper here.