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.

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.