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!



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!








Hydrant Flushing and Seal Sunning

Please be aware the township will be conducting hydrant flushing from 4/24 to 4/28. You may experience rust in the water for a period of time.

A seal was either sunning itself or stranded on 17th street beach on April 8th and 9th. Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine was contacted and the seal was rescued successfully. Please be aware that federal law prohibits anyone from approaching any beached seals. 150 feet is the rule but on our small-ish beaches that can be tough. Use discretion please. The baby gray seal was safe and healthy, and was relocated to a different area on the coast.

If you encounter a beached seal and it appears in distress please call Marine Mammal Stranding Center.  609-226-7928


Beach Buggy Access

The beach buggy access on 18th street is still closed to all vehicle traffic. When on foot please use caution when trying to gain access at this location. The access has been graded on the beach side due to the erosion so access on foot is now safe. Also there was high water on April 6th due to a bad storm.




The Haps at the House

Surf City Firehouse has alot going on this April!

Country Western Line Dancing- Fri, April 7th at 6:30 PM – 10 PM. One of the most popular events!! Doors open, 6:15; beginner intro lessons, 6:30; dance beging 7:00. Coaches, Lisa and Billy, BTK Entertainment. Free coffee and tea; soda, water, and snacks available. 50/50. Contact Anita (609-361-9490) or Cathleen (609-494- 5079 for information. Tickets, $10.00; presale, $8.00; make checks payable to Surf City Volunteer Fire Company Women’s Auxiliary and mail to Surf City Fire House, Attention: Sandy, 713 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City, NJ 08008. Groups of 6 or more can reserve a table.

Breakfast With the Easter Bunny

April 15th 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Here comes Peter Cottontail hopping down to Surf City Firehouse. Come join the fun. All-you-can-eat pancakes. Also served with sausage, coffee, tea, orange juice, cocoa and milk. Take out available. The Auxiliary will have baked goods and crafts available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Surf City Volunteer Fire Co. #1 and EMS.

Surf City Volunteer Fire Company- 713 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City, NJ. 609-494-6127