Mini Golf Tourney #1 and Hoops Happiness

Mini Golf Contest #1- Wednesday, July 12 10am – 11:45am
Island Golf – 6th Street & The Blvd. Sponsored by SURF CITY TAXPAYER ASSOCIATION
Family and friends play together and
compete individually for cash prizes in children,
teen and adult age groups. At Island Golf, 6th St. &
Long Beach Blvd.


28th Annual Foul Shooting Contest  hosted by The Surf City Taxpayers Association on Friday morning, July 7th. Sixty youngsters participated in the event with age groups from 6 through 18 years. The contest was witnessed by many parents, grandparents , and friends of the SCTA.

  In each age bracket the winner was awarded a basketball and the second and third place winners won coupons to play a round of miniature golf at Island  Golf. The winner of the age bracket 6 and under was Chase Scekinger. Finishing second was Valentina Vaccarino and placing third was Anne Palumbo. All players in this age bracket were also awarded a trophy.

  In the 7-9 year old age bracket Santo Plamenco and Mason Ughetta matched baskets in the first round and Santo ran the table in the shoot out round by making 10 baskets on 10 attempts. Mason nearly matched him again by going 9 for 10. Truly amazing performances by these young players. Finishing third was Killian Todd.

  In the age bracket 10 -12 twenty three participated and Owen Scekinger. the older brother of Chase, also took first place honors. In another shootout for second and third place Thomas Baxter prevailed over Cooper Pleyn.

  The Senior Division saw more sharpshooters on display. The winner was Elliot Meyer who dropped in 6  baskets in round one. There were four ties for the second and third place positions. The first shooter in the shoot out was Colin Meyer who was perfect, 10 for 10. Both the Meyer boys put on quite a show to the delight of the crowd. Finishing third was Ryan Owens.

  The 60 players were wonderful examples of good sportsrmanship. To have two shootouts, each won by making 10 consecutive shots is truly a remarkable feat.. Many thanks to sponsors of the event, Island Golf and Scoop City and to the volunteers. The events could not be held without the volunteers.

7 to 9 year old winners- Mason Ughetta, Santo Plamenco, Killian Todd

Ages 10-12 Winners- Owen Scekinger, Cooper Pleyn, Thomas Baxter

Ages 13 to 18 Winners- Elliot Meyer, Colin Meyer, Ryan Owens

6 and Under Winners- Chase Scekinger, Emma Wolin, Valentina Vaccarino, and Anne Palumbo.





Hope you all have been hitting the beaches lately. Surf City truly is a summertime paradise. Here are a couple of photos of the fun that’s been up there.




The SCTA reminds everyone to please remember to obey the traffic rules when riding and biking…and driving too!


Foul Shooting, Mini Golf, Sidewalk Sales, Flea Market, and a Local Petition

FOUL SHOOTING CONTEST- Friday, July 7th at 10am
Girls and boys, through age 18, compete
for prizes at Richard A. Zachariae Field,
Division St. & Barnegat Ave. Mini Hoops
for ages 6 and under!

SURF THE SIDEWALK EVENT – Friday, July 7 all day. Presented by the Surf City Business Cooperative and participating merchants. See the Sandpaper this week to see all the events and special sales that your Surf City merchants have planned for this once-a-month event.

MINI GOLF TOURNAMENT- Wednesday, July 12, 10am- 11:45 am  Sponsored by the  SURF CITY TAXPAYER ASSOCIATION
Family and friends play together and
compete individually for cash prizes in children,
teen and adult age groups. At Island Golf, 6th St. &
Long Beach Blvd. We are grateful to Surf City 5 & 10 for sponsoring the prizes to be awarded at the end of the tournament.


Tuesday, July 18, 9:00am-4:00pm at the Firehouse.
Hunt for treasures at this popular fundraiser.
Food, Beverages, Crafts, Books, and Much More.
Inside and outside vendors.
Surf City Firehouse
8th St. & Long Beach Blvd


Outside The Flags- An online petition was started recently to advocate for allowing surfing outside the swimming areas in Surf City from 10am to 5pm. The Surf City Taxpayer Association as an organization does not take official stands on issues that benefit some taxpayers over others; however we are sharing a link to the petition so homeowners can read it, and decide if you do or do not wish to participate. You can click here to see the petition as well as the reasons people are choosing to sign.


Pancakes, Fouls, Sidewalks, And Fireworks

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser- Sunday, July 2nd from 8am till Noon at our Firehouse. Cost is $9.50 for Adults and $5.50 for Children. Take out is available. All you can eat pancakes plus sausage, with coffee and orange juice to drink. Our Women’s Auxiliary will have handmade crafts, homemade cakes, cookies and more for sale as well. Proceeds benefit the Surf City Volunteer Fire Company & EMS. We will also have Fire Company supporter T shirts on sale with the new 2017 shirt design available


Foul Shooting Contest

Girls and boys, through age 18, compete
for prizes at Richard A. Zachariae Field,
Division St. & Barnegat Ave. Mini Hoops
for ages 6 and under!


Also don’t miss the second “Surf the Sidewalk” event here in Surf City!



Here is a link to where you will find the fireworks displays being offered here on LBI.


Here’s a second link that continues to be updated (now 54 places –all alphabetized) to watch fireworks in New Jersey):


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.

Surf City Taxpayers Hear From The Mayor

On Saturday, a crowd of over 100 taxpayers took  full advantage of the opportunity to engage with Mayor Francis Hodgson.  After The Mayor talked through some of the transitions happening in Borough management team, dozens of citizens got their chance to ask their questions.

Issues raised ranged from fixes needed on Barnegat Avenue and other streets, to the upcoming school bond issue and the town’s budget surplus.

 The group also heard from Dan Malay, owner at How You Brewin and President of the Surf City Business Cooperative, about the efforts of that group to promote tourism in town.

Special thanks to the owners at Beach Buns in Surf City for providing the delicious breakfast treats.

 In the days ahead, come back to this website where we’ll post the budget comparison (our town vs. others on LBI) and you can see how Surf City stacks up.





The “Surf the Sidewalk” event went down in great weather on Saturday, June 17 and ran all day and into the evening. You can visit the Surf City Business Cooperative’s facebook page for more information! It is aptly named “Surf City: Main Street LBI”.


An Exciting Saturday (6/17/17): Meet the Mayor and Surf the Sidewalk!

Each year, The Surf City Taxpayer Association offers a one-time chance to meet and hear from our Mayor, the Honorable Francis Hodgson. During this meeting you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions (and hear the questions and concerns of your neighbors and fellow taxpayers).  After experiencing standing room only crowds, the meeting is moving to the Firehouse. So come early. Starting at 9:45 am, enjoy free breakfast treats courtesy of the new bakery in town, Beach Buns. The meeting will begin at 10:00am



Also on Saturday, June 17 — all day and into the evening –experience the kickoff event for Surf City Business Cooperative (SCBC): Surf The Sidewalk. Merchants all over town will help you celebrate the start of the summer with special sales, music, giveaways, free classes and more. See the ad in this week’s Sandpaper and look for signs in front of participating merchants. You can check out the SCBC Facebook page here.

Surf The Sidewalk

The Farmers Market will commence on Mondays starting June 26, 8am-Noon running through Aug 28. Location- Surf City Firehouse.

Farmers Market-Surf City NJ (poster)


Surf City Flag Available for Purchase

The Taxpayer Association has been making this decorative flag available for purchase for over 20 years. A fresh batch is in…and you can purchase it at the Meet the Mayor meeting on June 17th, or year round at Anchor Wine & Spirits. The cost is $30. It’s a great way to show your pride and love for Surf City!

The flag illustrates the rich maritime and whaling history of our community, as well as the modern recreational town it is now.

Surf City Flag


Brief History of Surf City



Big Day in Surf City on Saturday 6/17!

Meet the Mayor on Saturday June 17th at 10AM . But come early (9:45) for some breakfast! Due to overwhelming crowds in recent years, the meeting is moving to the Firehouse. Breakfast snacks will be provided by the new Bakery, Beach Buns, at 610 Long Beach Blvd.

Also there will be a kickoff event for Surf City Business Cooperative (SCBC). Details to follow


Of interest to some might be the filming of MTV “Beach House here on LBI. Link here to The SandPaper article for all the details.



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