ALO Information on Trash Can Lids in Surf City

We’re sharing information from the organization Alliance For a Living Ocean (ALO) regarding their proposal to put lids on the public trash cans in Surf City.

The organization is promoting two events this week: One is a Zoom Information Meeting on Monday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 pm, to learn more about the ALO proposal. You can register for that meeting on their Facebook page here.

Second, ALO is requesting those who have an interest in this topic to attend the monthly Surf City Borough Council Meeting on Wednesday, September 14th, 7:30 pm at Borough Hall.

You can read more about these events by downloading their flyer.

You can read ALO’s proposal for trash can lids by downloading their presentation.

Handouts – August 20 2022 General Meeting

Many thanks to the people who turned out for the second of our General Meetings titled: How to Get Things Done in Surf City. You can download a copy of the slides that were presented below, as well as some borough department responsibilities and phone numbers and the Mayor’s answers to questions from the June Meet the Mayor Meeting.

Sand Sculpture Contest 2022 – Photos and Winners

On Wednesday, August 10th, SCTA held its Annual Sand Sculpture Contest. Beautiful weather, beautiful sculptures and kids and families having a great time.

Click on this Gallery Link to see photos of Sculptures and Tropy Winners (photos by Marc Halikas). You can find additional photos of some of the creations by Jim O’Connor on the SCTA Facebook page here. If you’re not yet a member there, you can join on this page as well.

Off Shore Wind Farm Round-Up Report #1

The JCTA (Joint Council of Taxpayers Associations of LBI) has produced a report on the Wind Farm project that has been in the news for quite some time. SCTA is member of JCTA.

If you’d like to read this information-packed report — and click on the varous sources of their information — you can download the report by clicking here.

We are passing this along as information for our members so that you may make your own informed opinion on this project. 

Save This Date; Saturday, June 25, 2022: Surf City Community Day

We are pleased to announce the first-ever Surf City Community Day — our “Welcome to the Summer of 2022”.

Please see the full description below for information…and check for updates at Surf City Community Day –

For now, make your plans to be in town for this sure-to-be exciting day, showing off all that Surf City has to offer!

Surf City Community Day To Showcase All That The Borough Has to Offer

On Saturday, June 25th, The Surf City Taxpayer Association (SCTA) will sponsor the first ever “Surf City Community Day”.

The event is designed to bring  all facets of the community together to showcase all that makes Surf City special for homeowners, visitors and shoppers of all ages.

The event will serve as a “Welcome to the Summer of 2022”; those who come to town will be treated to a host of activities for the whole family, put on by Surf City organizations and merchants throughout the Borough. 

The day kicks off with the annual “Meet the Mayor Meeting”, with coffee at 9:45; meeting begins at 10:00 am at the Firehouse.

All other Community Day activities run during the hours of 12:30 to 5:00 pm. Registration and all activities are at the Firehouse unless otherwise noted. Activities include:

  • “Day of Deals” and activities at Surf City Boutiques, Restaurants, Food and Coffee Shops up and down LBI Blvd.
  • Music by Dan Brown, at the Firehouse
  • Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Bounce House and a Street Magician
  • Bicycle Inspections and Registration
  • Fire Engine and Police Car Demonstrations; Fire/EMS Recruitment
  • Demonstrations by ReClam The Bay and Alliance for a Living Ocean
  • Sweepstakes, with Prizes from Surf City Businesses totaling over $2300 (including a free bike!)
  • Surf City Beach Patrol Safety and Rescue Demonstration at the 7th Street Beach at 2:30pm.
  • Voter Information (and how to move your vote to Surf City)
  • Cornhole Games
  • Information and coupons for a free book at a table for The Friends of the Ocean County Library

The Firehouse parking lot will serve as the headquarters for the day; people can register there and get a map of all the day’s activities, merchant deals and entry forms for The Community Day Giveaway, with prizes courtesy of local merchants (prizes valued at over $2300, including a free bicycle).

Activities are open to all LBI and nearby residents and visitors. There is a $10 charge for a wrist band to gain access to merchant deals, with proceeds going to the Surf City Fire/EMS.  All other activities are free of charge. Surf City residents can also join/renew SCTA membership at special tables; paid members gain access to Day Of Deals and an entry form for Sweepstakes prizes, at no charge.

For the latest information on activities and Merchant participation when it is published, click here Surf City Community Day –

For Surf City merchants that have yet to submit their Day-Of Deals, you can reach out to the Surf City Business Cooperative at

For others seeking more information about the day or about SCTA, send an email to

Salute to Surf City Heroes Ceremony at Veteran’s Park

On Friday, September 25, 2020, The Salute to Surf City Heroes Week concluded with a recognition event at Veteran’s Park. Below is a video taken at the event, courtesy of SCTA member Richard Miller.

The event was attended by Surf City Taxpayer Association board members Chuck Edwards, Ron Fiore, John Gausz, Jean Daniels, Bob Lieber and Bob Fried.

Also in attendance were: Mark Dileo, head of Surf City Beach Patrol, Chief Kyle Costabile, Surf City Fire Company # 1 / EMS, along with several of our volunteer firefighters. 

The event was kicked off by Ron Fiore who welcomed everyone, read the proclamation declared by Mayor Francis Hodgson and announced that over 300 “Salute to Surf City Heroes” yard signs have been distributed.

Jean Daniels then presented four personalized plaques, as follows:

Surf City Fire / EMS – To Kyle Costabile

Surf City Police – To Kyle Costabile on behalf of Police Chief John Casella

Surf City Public Works – Bob McGowan, Borough Superintendent (unable to attend)

Surf City Beach Patrol – Mark Dileo

SCTA Treasurer Bob Fried stated  that on behalf of the SCTA Board and our over 600 member-homes and businesses, that four donations of $750 each are being given as follows:

Surf City Fire / EMS – presented to Kyle Costabile

Surf City Police – letter and check will be sent to Jon Potter, President of the Long Beach Island PBA 175 as requested by our police chief, John Casella.

Surf City Public Works – letter to Bob McGowan and check to St. Francis Human Concerns Food Pantry as requested by our Public Works Department.

Surf City Beach Patrol – letter given to Mark Dileo and check sent to Christine Hannemann, Surf City Borough Clerk, for the purchase of several new digital radios for the beach patrol, to assist in the transition from analog to digital radios.

The event was concluded with picture taking and SCTA giving out “Salute to Surf City Heroes” yard signs to those in attendance.

Request a Sign for Your Yard for “Salute to Surf City Heroes Week”

Your Taxpayer Association has organized a celebration to honor Surf City first responders and essential workers who’ve worked tirelessly and selflessly to keep us and our town safe and cared for during a most challenging Spring and Summer. You can join the celebration — and show your support — by putting a sign on your property for all our essentials workers to see (the sign is pictured below, shown in the ad running in this week’s Sandpaper).

FOR CURRENT SURF CITY TAXPAYER ASSOCIATION MEMBERS (or if you are not sure if you have paid 2020 dues):

We’ve arranged for EVERY taxpayer member to get a sign to display for free. Contact one of the following board members, either by email or phone, to arrange pickup:


You can purchase a sign for $10. This same $10 will also cover your membership cost for 2020. Please contact one of the board members listed above to make arrangements.

We look forward to an overwhelming show of support…and watch for more details on additional celebration activities.

SCTA Sandpaper Ad 9-9-20

August 2020 Virtual General Meeting and Interview Series

With the Governor’s orders restricting in-person gatherings, we have unfortunately had to cancel our traditional August General Meeting scheduled for Saturday, August 22 at the Firehouse.

But as many other organizations have done, we’re adapting to current conditions and have video recorded the meeting for you to view at your convenience — with the idea of maintaining as much of the content and flavor you’ve come to expect from these meetings. See the video #1 below.

This also gives us the opportunity to expand on the information-sharing part of our mission. Below you’ll also find two filmed interviews addressing very important and current issues in Surf City.

Video #1: SCTA August General Meeting

Below, you can view the Board presentation portion of the meeting. We cover:

  • Board member introductions and current status of the organization;
  • Treasurer’s report on the the group’s finances;
  • Update on membership numbers and donations;
  • Review of recent activities held (including Sand Sculpture pictures — a meeting favorite);
  • And a summary of upcoming events and activities.

Video #2: Status of Covid-19 on LBI – Interview with LBI Health Officer Dan Krupinski

  • Learn about…
  • Work that the LBI Health Department does on behalf of all 6 LBI municipalities, including Surf City;
  • Current status of Covid-19 cases on LBI;
  • Contact Tracing and how the Department is handling this;
  • And, the impact of Covid-19 on businesses and the schools and what is being done on both those fronts.
  • Links (see below the video) for those seeking additional information on Covid-19 related issues.

In the links below provided by Dan, you can find additional information:

List of testing sites: Ocean County is still doing testing at Ocean County College, Mon, Weds, Fri, 9-12 but u must make appointment.

No prescription or symptoms required.

Case Activity

Case Demographic Info

State Covid Dashboard

Video #3: Current Status of Flooding Issues in Surf City

We talk with Rick Bushnell, Founder of ReClam the Bay who addresses:

  • What is the current situation, why and where does flooding happen in Surf City?
  • What work is now being done to remediate flooding?
  • Thoughts and recommendations on how to do more to reduce town-wide flooding;
  • How to contact Rick if you have specific flooding issues, concerns or want to volunteer to help;
  • Where to get more information on the issue of flooding in Surf City.

Here are links referred to in the video:

To see the SCTA writeup — prepared in conjunction with Rick — that summarizes the current state of flooding in Surf City and offers resources to get informed click here to find it and download it

If you would like to contact Rick directly, click here to email him: .

To see other flooding resources that Rick refers to in the interview, click her to go to

If you are not a member of SCTA (and do not get our emails), you can join by clicking this link.