NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS


OCEAN COUNTY HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN PUBLIC WORKSHOP 


Posted January 2024

Ocean County is hosting a public forum to update the Multijurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan is updated every five years.  This is a hybrid virtual/in-person event. 

Ocean HMP Public Outreach Flyer

SAVE THE DATES


Posted February 2024

The Town Wide Yard Sale Dates are May 18th with a rain date of May 19th. The second sale date is August 17th with a rain date August 18th.  Registration is free.   

                           

Hydrant Flushing will be the week of April 15th and the week of October 14th. Please run your water until clear.                                                           

The Surf City Business’s will be hosting a sidewalk sales on July 13th, July 14th, August 10th and 11th. Please support Surf City Businesses. 

 

  

January Meeting Highlights


Posted January 2024

  •  At the annual reorganization meeting, the Mayor with the advice and consent of Council committee, personnel and board appointments have been approved. Professional contracts have been awarded for 2024. Meeting dates have been approved for the next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, February 14th at 7:30 pm. 
  • Ordinances were introduced in relation to noise in the business zone and fund future road projects.
  • The Borough will be joining the Stafford Township cooperative pricing system for fuel, water department supplies, and other services/goods to provided savings.
  • A public hearing was held for the 2024 Community Block Development Grant to comment on community development needs of the Borough. 

Happy New Year


Posted January 2024

Mayor Francis R. Hodgson, the Borough Council and the Borough Staff wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year! 

 

Farewell Councilman Russell


Posted January 2024

Thank you for all you have done. Visit the Sandpaper Article featuring Councilman Russell. 

Russell Resigns Post in Surf City

December Meeting Highlights


Posted December 2023

  • Ordinances were adopted to increase water, sewer, registrar, building, and zoning rates. 
  • A cyber risk assessment of the Borough’s network will be conducted to ensure the lowest amount of risk.
  • A contract was awarded to Edmunds GovTech to provide cloud server services to bring the Borough into compliance with the 2022 Audit corrective action plan. 
  • REMINDER: The Re-organization and Regular January meetings are scheduled for January 3, 2023, at 10:00 am.
  • The Borough Council authorized an agreement with Stafford Township for Fire, Electric, and Plumbing sub code services. 
  • The roof replacement has been delayed due to recent inclement weather. The project is scheduled to begin next week (12/18). 
  • The 9th Street water tower project is almost completed. A safety light will be installed at the top. The paint must cure, and the tower’s interior must be sanitized before the tank can be refilled with water and restored to service. 
  • The N. 8th Street road reconstruction project has been completed. 

Surf City in the News from the Asbury Park Press

Posted December 2023

In 2021, Mayor Francis R. Hodgson arranged for Congressman Van Drew to meet with representatives from affected coastal communities  Ocean County Commissioners and Senator Chris Connors, launching the widespread effort against the Atlantic Shores Wind Farm. Councilman Hartney, Environmental Chairman, has been the liaison to the public and local groups inn the effort.  The Borough will continue to take action to protect our shores. 

NJ towns call for independent review of offshore wind projects (app.com)

 

Photo credit: SAVE LBI

Happy Holidays 


Posted December  2023

Mayor Francis R. Hodgson, the Borough Council, and the Borough Staff wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. 

 

November Meeting Highlights


Posted November 2023

  • Ordinances were introduced to increase some of the water, sewer, registrar, building and zoning rates. 
  • The bid for the pickleball courts was awarded to Shore Top Construction for $145,501.00. The Borough has been awarded a grant for $62,500.00 to supplement the cost. 
  • Council approved a resolution for shared legal services to fight against the Atlantic Shores windmills. 
  • The Re-organization and Regular January meetings are scheduled for January 3, 2023 at 10:00 am. 
  • The holiday lights have been installed along the Boulevard. The Borough Hall will decorated soon. 
  • Borough officials invited the NJDEP Climate Resiliency Team to tour the Borough to accurately assess our current needs. 
  • Holiday Badges are for sale in the finance office. 
  • The N. 15th Street bulkhead has been completed. 
  • The N. 8th Street road project should be concluded before Thanksgiving.

9th Water Tower Scaffolding Removal 

Posted November 2023

 

 

Veteran’s Appreciation 


Posted November  2023

Mayor Francis R. Hodgson, the Borough Council and the Borough Staff  thank Surf City’s and America’s Veterans on Veteran’s Day. We are thankful for their service and sacrifices to protect our freedom and liberty. 


Community Rating System – Flood Insurance Resources

Posted October 2023

We belong to a program called the Community Rating System, known as CRS.  The objective of the Community Rating System (CRS) is to recognize communities that are doing more than meeting the minimum NFIP requirements to help their citizens prevent or reduce flood losses. The CRS also provides an incentive for communities to initiate new flood risk reduction activities. 

Please join us for a webinar July 26th at 6:00 pm to learn about how flood insurance works.

  • New Laws That Affect Policies NFIP
  • Changes That Help You Save
  • MITIGATION STEPS
  • Real Life Homeowner Examples SAVINGS STORIES
  • Ask Us Any Questions You Have Q & A

 

 

Flood Resources

 

Charlie Mann

Photographer

Bobby Russell

President

N. 9th Water Tower


Posted September 2023

The painting and rehabilitation of the N. 9th Street water tower has commenced. The crew has been busy this building the scaffolding that surrounds the tower. This project was originally bid in April 2022. The award of contract went to Allied Painting in the amount of $1,096,500. The Borough is working on the plans for the 14th Street water tower. 

 

BID AND CONTRACT DOCS

Blood Pressure Screening Reminder


Posted September 2023 – 

Visit Borough Hall the first Tuesday of every month for a free blood pressure screening. No Appointment is necessary. 

1st Tuesday of Every Month 

10:00 am to 10:30 am

Questions visit www.lbihealth.com

609-492-1212

 

 

LBI HEALTH DEPARTMENT

September Council Meeting Highlights


Posted September 2023

  • Council rejected the pickleball court bid and authorized the receipt of new bids. There was only one bidder for the pickleball court project that came in well over the appropriated amount.
  • An amended ordinance was introduced to authorize additional funding for the pickleball court project. 
  • The ordinance for municipal property repairs and rehabilitation was adopted. 
  • The Borough will be participating in the proposed Ocean County Coastal Evacuation Study. 
  • The Annual Trunk or Treat is going to be October 28th from 5 pm to 7 pm. The rain date will be October 29th. 

For a complete agenda and last months minutes please visit:

Council Meeting Documents

 

 

BID ANNOUNCEMENT 

Posted August 2023

 

Public notice is hereby given that separate sealed bids will be received and opened by the Borough of Surf City at the Borough Hall, 813 Long Beach Boulevard, Surf City, NJ at 11:00 AM on September 7, 2023 for the following project:

2023 Rehabilitation of Existing Tennis Courts and Pickle Ball Courts.

Base Bid:

Rehabilitation of two (2) existing tennis courts to provide one (1) tennis court and four (4) pickle ball courts.  Overall dimension of the existing and proposed court area is 120 feet by 120 feet.  The project consists of milling of the existing court surface and placement of 2.5 inch 9.5 M64 asphalt surface and leveling courses, color playing surface and the installation of new fencing, nets, net posts, sidewalk and all necessary restoration.

Alternate Bid – Exterior Ten (10) Foot Fence Rehabilitation:

Removal of existing fence fabric and top fence rail around the perimeter of the existing courts.  Placement of fencing post sleeves over existing posts and installation of new top, middle and bottom rails and new fence fabric.  Approximate length of fencing is 503 linear feet.

Prospective Bidders are strongly encouraged to visit the job site prior to submission of BID, to familiarize themselves with site conditions. 

The Contract Specification Documents may be obtained at the office of the Borough Engineer, Owen, Little & Associates, Inc., 443 Atlantic City Boulevard, Beachwood, NJ, 08722, during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) on or after August 16, 2023 upon payment of $50.00 per set.  CHECKS MUST BE MADE PAYABLE TO BOROUGH OF SURF CITY.  If a FED EX or UPS Account is not available and it must be mailed, an additional payment of $30.00 will be required. (check made payable to Owen, Little & Associates).  Official documents must be purchased from Owen, Little & Associates for Bid Submission.  No downloaded documents will be accepted, as we cannot guarantee accuracy.

A BID BOND drawn to the order of the Borough of Surf City in an amount equal to ten (10%) percent of the amount of the Bid, but no more than $20,000.00, must be submitted with the proposal as BID SECURITY, pursuant to Local Public Contract Law (LPC) 40A:11-21.

Bids may be submitted by mail or in person at any time prior to the time for receiving and opening the same.  Bidders are required to comply with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 10:5-31 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 17:27.

The Borough of Surf City reserves the right to waive any informalities and to reject any and all bids.

BOROUGH OF SURF CITY

CHRISTINE HANNEMANN, RMC/CMR/QPA

BOROUGH CLERK/ADMINISTRATOR

 


NJDOT to Pause Rt. 72 Bridge Project


Posted July 2023

Mayor Francis R. Hodgson hosted a meeting with all of the Long Beach Island Mayor’s to discuss the proposed lane closure’s this summer. A letter was signed by all of the Mayor’s and sent to Senator Christopher Connors, 9th Legislative District. Senator Connors then sent a letter to the the New Jersey Department of  Transportation advocating on behalf of Long Beach Island. Together, with members of the public that also contacted the NJDOT, LBI was successful at working together to stop the summertime lane closures. The project will be on hiatus until after Labor Day.

 

LBI MAYOR’S LETTER

Highlights August Council Meeting 


Posted August 2023

  • An ordinance was introduced for repairs for municipal properties. The qualified purchasing agent is getting state contract quotes for a new roof. 
  • The ordinance was adopted to amend the rules about parking on Sunset Avenue. Parking will be permitted along Sunset Avenue EXCEPT between 20th & 22nd Streets. 
  • Council approved the agreement to continue  providing a resource officer at the EJ School.

 

Mayor Signs Against Windmills

 


Posted August 2023

Mayor & Council have held a stance against the proposed windmills. Please see the letter signed by many Mayors throughout New Jersey. 

Letter-to-Pres-Scutari-Speaker-Coughlin

 

Letter against Windfarm

July Council Meeting highlights

Posted July 2023

  • Two change orders were approved for the most recent road projects at N. 1st Street, N. 3rd Street and Shore Avenue They reduce the contract totals, for a total of $102,174 due to the Borough. 
  • The Borough Council has approved to execute a Shared LEGAL Service Agreement to join Long Beach Township and other island municipalities.Pashman Stein agreed to provide the group legal services relating to the opposition to the Atlantic Shores offshore wind project, including the drafting, preparation, and filing of objections to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
  • The SFY 2024 NJDOT application was approved for N. 10th Street, N. 13th Street, & N. 15th Street, as recommended by the Borough Engineer.
  • An ordinance was amended to read that there is no parking on Sunset Avenue between North 20th Street and North 22nd Street. The existing ordinance does not allow parking between North 13th Street and North 22nd Street.

 

Council Meeting Documents

 

Charlie Mann

Photographer

Bobby Russell

President

Hands-on Learning


Posted July 2023

The Borough of Surf City has been partnering with ReClam the Bay every Tuesday down at the N. 16th Street Bay Beach. Learn about Barnegat Bay and the creatures who live in it. See and touch tiny baby shellfish while you learn about how to enjoy and help the bay. Find some other fun things to do while you experience the bay. 

Every Tuesday, July 5th through August 29th at 9:00 am -10:00 am. 

 

Visit Reclam the Bay

Blood Pressure Screening


Posted July 2023

Visit Borough Hall the first Tuesday of every month for a free blood pressure screening. No Appointment is necessary. 

1st Tuesday of Every Month 

10:00 am to 10:30 am

Questions visit www.lbihealth.com

609-492-1212

 

 

LBI HEALTH DEPARTMENT

2nd Annual Fireworks


Posted July 2023

Thank you to the Surf City Vol. Fire Company, various Borough Departments and anonymous donors for wonderful Fireworks display on July 3rd. 

 

 


Community Rating System – Flood Insurance Resources

Posted July 2023

We belong to a program called the Community Rating System, known as CRS.  The objective of the Community Rating System (CRS) is to recognize communities that are doing more than meeting the minimum NFIP requirements to help their citizens prevent or reduce flood losses. The CRS also provides an incentive for communities to initiate new flood risk reduction activities. 

Please join us for a webinar July 26th at 6:00 pm to learn about how flood insurance works.

  • New Laws That Affect Policies NFIP
  • Changes That Help You Save
  • MITIGATION STEPS
  • Real Life Homeowner Examples SAVINGS STORIES
  • Ask Us Any Questions You Have Q & A

LBI Outreach Flyer

 

Flood Resources

 

Charlie Mann

Photographer

Bobby Russell

President


GATOR PROGRAM EXPANDED

Posted June 2023

The ADA Gator Program has been expanded to cover the length of all of the Borough beaches.  A Gator badge is required and can be obtained at the Beach Badge Booth by showing a government-issued ID & completing a hold harmless agreement. 

Anyone with a Gator Badge can catch the Gator on the approved vehicle access streets, N. 5th, N. 12th, or N. 18th by the street entrance of the dune area. The Gator will then bring the patron over the dune and along the dune fence area to any street they wish to go to in the borough. The Gator may not enter the crowded beach area for safety reasons.  When you are ready to leave the beach, you can catch the Gator as they sweep by the dune fence area or contact the Beach Badge office with your location. The Beach Badge office will radio the corresponding Gator driver to your area in the order that calls are received. All patrons with badges are permitted to have one individual assist them and ride along. 

Please don’t hesitate to call the badge booth at (609)361-7655 during business hours.

 

MORE ABOUT SURF CITY BEACHES

 

Charlie Mann

Photographer

Bobby Russell

President

Keep LBI Clean


 

The Borough Council has agreed to work with Alliance for a Living Ocean(ALO) in replacing the open cans with tandem lidded cans (over time) to the committee, via ALO”s Adopt a Street funding recommendation for the beach and bay side trash cans. The Environmental Committee has been charged with selecting the lidded can specs. This program will be ready to launch with the adoption of the 2024 Municipal Budget. Alongside ALO, the Borough will be launching “Keep LBI Clean” on social meeting and public outreach events. 

 

ALO KEEP LBI CLEAN FLYER

RECYCLING TIPS FROM ALO

2023 Recreational Improvements


  • Brand new inclusive playground equipment has been installed at The Richard A. Zachariae playground at Division Street. 
  • Both basketball courts have resurfaced with an improved backboard, rims, and nets.
  • New swings will be delivered at Bay Beach by the end of June 2023.  By NJ State standards, the items at Bay Beach are “grandfathered.”  New items may not be added to the beach, the Borough can only replace items with the same type of equipment in the same location. 
  • The Borough has been awarded $62,500 to reconstruct the pickleball & tennis courts. A schedule will be released soon.

Recent Road Projects


With each road project, the Borough engineer designs the streets to be constructed above base flood level with improved drainage and check valves at each street end. All streets for road projects are selected by the Borough Engineer based on road condition and base flood levels. In recent years, the 300 blocks of N. 7th, N. 6th, N,. 5th, N. 4th, N. 3rd, & N. 1st have been reconstructed along with the 4oo Blocks of N. 3rd, N. 4th, Shore Avenue and portions of Barnegat Avenue. The 100 and 200 Blocks of N. 8th Street are scheduled for the Fall 2023. The Borough has just received notice for the next New Jersey Department of Transportation grant application for the next reconstruction project. The Borough Engineer has determined that the 300 Blocks of N. 10th, N. 13th and N. 15th Streets.

MORE ROAD PROJECT INFORMATION

JUNE COUNCIL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS


  • THE BOROUGH HAS LEASED A TRASH TRUCK FOR THE 2023 SUMMER. A NEW TRASH TRUCK WILL BE ORDERED, IT MAY TAKE UP TO A YEAR TO TAKE DELIVERY.
  • OUR BEACHES HAVE A FULL COMPLIMENT OF LIFEGUARDS, GATOR DRIVERS AND BADGE CHECKERS. 
  • THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS STILL SEEKING CLASS II POLICE OFFICERS.
  • BOND ORDINANCE 2023-11 WAS INTRODUCED TO AUTHORIZE FUNDING FOR A POLICE VEHICLE.
  • BOND ORDINANCE 2023-10 WAS INTRODUCED TO AUTHORIZE FUNDING FOR BEACH MATS.
  • COUNCIL AUTHORIZED THE FY 2023 BUILDING RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE AND COMMUNITIES COMPETITIVE GRANT APPLICATION FOR BULKHEADS AND DRAINAGE.
  • THE WATER & SEWER DEPARTMENT AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY REPAIRS TO THE PUMP AT WELL # 7.

COUNCIL MEETING DOCUMENTS