Nancy Taggart Davis Keeping the Gavel in Beach Haven

Jan 09, 2019

Nancy Taggart Davis will continue to serve as mayor in Beach Haven for the next two years as she was reappointed to the post at last week’s reorganization meeting. In addition, Daniel Allen and Jaime Baumiller were sworn in to four-year terms on the five-member council. They ran uncontested in the November election and replace Jim White and Donald Kakstis, who did not seek re-election.

Davis was one of five persons elected to the borough council when it changed to that form of government from the prior commission form in July 2010. She was first named mayor in 2015; her council term expires at the end of 2020.

The mayor touted various accomplishments over the past few years and said many of them are listed on the borough’s website,, in a “Letter to Beach Haven residents.”

“One of our key accomplishments is addressing flooding, which we did with a bond ordinance, which involves installing 6,000 feet of new storm drains, back flow preventers to restrict bay water from flooding the streets, and three new pumping stations. It is believed this project will reduce the flooding on Bay Avenue and the properties west of Bay Avenue. Beach Haven will be seeking a state grant to cover 50 percent of the cost, and additional funding will be requested from Ocean County.”

She said improvements have been made to parks and recreation areas, most notably converting the old roller rink on Nelson Avenue to Beach Haven’s Pickleball Center.

Davis said the borough has made strides toward economic revitalization, which began in 2017 when a group was formed consisting of council members, residents, business owners, Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce representatives and consultants.

“A number of properties were designated areas in need of rehabilitation in the Marine Commercial District to stimulate future investment,” she said. “This will result in significant intermediate- and long-term higher tax revenues from these properties, thereby reducing the tax burden on homeowners. With new buildings replacing abandoned structures, the attractiveness of these locations will be greatly enhanced.”

— Eric Englund

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