MAYOR’S MESSAGE: May 14, 2015
I would like to take this time to extend a heartfelt welcome to everyone who plans to be in Sea Isle City this summer. If this will be your first visit to town, get ready for a very happy experience. If you are one of our many returning friends, you can expect to see some new sites that are sure to put a smile on your face – including numerous new businesses and our future City Hall building, which will be completed this summer. No matter if you’re a first-time visitor or someone who has spent every summer of your life here, you and your family can count on having a wonderful time in Sea Isle City, where neighbors feel like friends and friends feel like family.
This week, I had the pleasure of attending a special dinner at The Braca Café in honor of former Sea Isle City Historical Society President Mike Stafford, who stepped down from his post in January. The entire evening was a terrific success, and Mike should be very proud of all he has accomplished during the past quarter century as President of that fine organization. In addition to offering my best wishes to Mike during the dinner, I also presented him with a Key to Sea Isle City and I announced that we will soon be re-naming the south-end of Park Road in honor of Mike and his lovely wife, Marie. Congratulations Mike – and thank you for all of your hard work over the years!
This Saturday is Community Day in Sea Isle City – and everyone is invited to the Community Lodge between 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon to enjoy a variety of activities. During Community Day, you can speak with City officials, meet organizers of local civic groups, and learn about summer events and activities. There will also be a Municipal Bicycle Auction starting at 10:30 a.m., free exercise classes, health screenings, face painters, and also the opportunity to speak with officials from the Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA. If you have personal documents that need shredding, be sure to bring them with you to Community Day, because First Bank of Sea Isle City will be supplying a free document shredder. Be sure to also attend the Community Day Award Presentations, which will spotlight the recipients of our “Do The Right Thing Award,” the Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization’s 2015 college scholarships, and First Bank’s Community Partnership Award, which will be presented to a local civic organization along with a check for $2000. And, don’t forget there will be a Community Day City Council Meeting at 9:00 a.m. inside City Hall. To learn more about all of the events taking place on May 16, please see the “Community Day” section below.
May 16 is also when beer connoisseurs will want to attend the “Sea Isle on Tap” Beer Festival. Also, the Garden Club will host their annual Flower Sale at Dealy Field on May 16 and 17. As you can see, this weekend promises to be very lively – and fun – here in Sea Isle City.
It won’t be long before we are all celebrating the Memorial Day Weekend, which is, of course, the official start of summer. If you plan to be in town that weekend, please join us at Veterans Park on Monday, May 25, for Sea Isle’s annual Memorial Day Services at 10:00 a.m. I am sure
you will agree that honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom is a fine way to begin the summer season.
Looking further down the road, I hope you can also join us for the Gerard A. Desiderio, Sr. Heart Walk and 5K Run on Saturday, May 30, along the Promenade. As you may know, the proceeds from this event, which is held each year in honor of my late brother, benefit the Deborah Heart and Lung Center. What you may not know is that Deborah provides excellent care to heart, lung and vascular patients without ever having issued a bill to those they treat. I hope you can be with us as we walk and run in support of this worthy organization.
As the summer rapidly approaches, I remind all motorists to remain aware of the 40 mph speed limit along the entire length of the Sea Isle Causeway. The New Jersey State Police, Cape May County Sheriff’s Department and the Sea Isle City Police Department will continue to monitor everyone’s speed in order to ensure your safety.
My congratulations go to City Councilmen Frank Edwardi and Bill Kehner for being re-elected on Tuesday. I am certain both Frank and Bill will continue to do their best to serve this community. Also, I would like to thank the voters who once again re-elected me to office – and everyone who made the effort to vote on Tuesday. I am honored and humbled to be the mayor of the greatest City in America!
Smile…You’re in Sea Isle!
Mayor Leonard C. Desiderio
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