Office of the Mayor

City Hall, 233 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Sea Isle City, NJ  08243
9am-4pm, Monday-Friday

Mayor Leonard C. Desiderio
Phone 609-263-4461, Ext. 1245
Fax 609-263-2142

Assistant to the Mayor
Pattiann Ponichtera
Phone 609-263-4461, Ext. 1245
Fax 609-263-2142

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April 6, 2020

I’ve become aware of a number of instances involving out of state property owners being subjected to verbal and online abuse and scorn as a result of our current State of Emergency.  I feel that this is wrong and most regrettable. While we all are expected to follow the “stay at home” orders, there is a distinction between a property owner and a transient visitor. 

With regards to transient visitors and renters, we are following the governor’s orders and working with the local real estate community to resolve any issues that arise. Frankly, we believe there are very few situations that have arisen regarding transient visitors, nonetheless we are striving to address all situations. 

As for all homeowners, none of us can know the circumstances of a person who is occupying their own property, regardless of what state is listed on their license plate.  What is crucial is that EVERYONE stay at home other than for essential travel.  

If anyone believes there are violations of the stay at home or social distancing orders, please contact the police department – but please don’t make assumptions.  We all simply want to be safe and healthy during this difficult time in history.  So, please don’t make judgments based on a license plate or an unfamiliar face, because everybody is feeling the stress and anxiety of this pandemic – and we all need to stick together.

I ask everyone to please heed Governor Murphy’s words:

"We have heard too many stories, especially from our shore communities, of people trying to relocate, for the time being, into their towns from impacted areas.  Many of our shore communities lack the health care infrastructure to accommodate an influx of part-time residents.  New Jerseyans should stay at their primary place of residence for the duration of this emergency."

Also, please heed the words of U.S Surgeon General Jerome Adams:

“It’s tragically fitting we’re talking at the beginning of Holy Week because this is going to be the hardest, saddest week of most Americans’ lives.  This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized, it’s going to be happening all over the country, and I want Americans to understand that.”

Everyone needs to understand the seriousness of this situation and the importance of staying put, other than for essential travel. With this in mind, today I signed an Executive Order that prohibits all new transient, seasonal, and short term rentals in Sea Isle City until further notice – including rentals by hotels, motels, guest houses, and rentals of private homes.  I feel that these measures are necessary to protect the health and safety of everyone in Sea Isle City, and I thank you all for your cooperation.


Mayor Leonard C. Desiderio



March 26, 2020

Even though people throughout the world are currently experiencing one of the most difficult times in recent history, I am inspired by the positive attitudes, generosity and kindness that I see in others.  I’m confident that when neighbors care for one another and everyone understands that we are all in this together, we will be able to beat this pandemic and emerge stronger on the other side.  In the meantime, I remind everyone to stay in your homes, to practice social distancing, to frequently wash your hands and avoid touching your face, and to follow all other directives from Federal, State and County health officials.

Also, please know that your City government remains open and municipal employees are on duty to answer your questions by phone.  More importantly, we will continue to provide all of the services that you rely upon.  Therefore, our police officers, firefighters and emergency medical responders are ready to assist the public at all times, our public works employees will continue to pick-up our trash and recycling from the curb, the Water Department will keep our clean water flowing, and other municipal employees – including workers at City Hall and at the Department of Community Services – are able to assist you in a variety of ways.  

Please make note of the following websites so you can stay informed and be aware of all developments related to the Coronavirus…

•    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website has important information and timely updates:

•    Cape May County’s website has a special page devoted to COVID-19 and a link to the County Health Department:

•    Sea Isle City’s municipal website lists local cancellations and other useful facts that will keep you “in the know”:

We are all in this together, and together we shall see this through!



Mayor Leonard C Desiderio

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”  --Abraham Lincoln



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