March 16, 2017

In This Issue

From Mayor Desiderio...

Even though this is the off season, we have had enjoyable events happening almost every weekend in Sea Isle City - ranging from school fundraisers to charity gatherings that champion children's health issues. On Friday, my family hosted a special fundraiser benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children, which is a wonderful organization that helps kids with orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, severe burns and other medical challenges regardless of the patients' ability to pay. My thanks go to everyone who participated in that event. <<READ MORE>>


From The Members of City Council...

During our March 14 City Council meeting, Mayor Desiderio announced that he and City Council President Bill Kehner were planning to attend a Cape May County Bridge Commission meeting on March 16 to express Sea Isle's opposition to adding E-Z Pass to our County bridges, because the addition of E-Z Pass would result in substantial toll increases. <<READ MORE>> 

Regarding T.I.Civic Center Letter

It has come to the attention of the City's Administration that the Townsends Inlet Civic Center has sent a letter to residents/property owners seeking assistance in paying off a tax lien on the Civic Center property.  The letter was sent from the T.I. Civic Center and not the City of Sea Isle City - despite the Civic Center using the City logo as part of its return address.  Pursuant to State law, the City can only accept full and complete payment of a lien at one time.  Anyone desiring to make a partial payment will not be able to do so.

In regard to the taxable status of the T.I. Civic Center, several years ago, the owner of record of the property - Townsend's Inlet Improvement Association - failed to maintain property tax-exempt status as required by state law. The City's tax assessment and collection offices were therefore required by law to collect property taxes. After legally prescribed time frames, and proper notices provided to the T.I. Improvement Association, the delinquent tax certificate was sold at tax sale, in accordance with New Jersey law. In order for the T.I. Improvement Association to prevent a potential foreclosure of the property, they must pay the full amount of the outstanding tax lien. As in the past, the City remains willing to cooperate to the fullest extent possible to work with the T.I. Improvement Association to resolve this difficult problem.  


Road Reconstruction

Utility Improvements
Sea Isle Boulevard
Check Valve & Outfall Repairs
Sanitary Sewer Upgrades
Little League Field Lighting
Fire House Demolition

Two Public Meetings Planned

Sea Isle City is working directly with Ocean City, Avalon and Stone Harbor to help develop a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) application for the elevation of residential properties in the NFIP Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA).  The HMGP program provides 75% funding for eligible elevation projects.  Property owners invited to participate in this opportunity, which is fully voluntary. 
The first step to participate is to attend a meeting for interested property owners.  Meetings are currently scheduled as follows:  
  • Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10:00 a.m., City Hall, 233 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Sea Isle City.
  • Saturday, April 1, 2017, 10:00 a.m., Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City.
Both meetings are open to residents of all participating towns. At the meetings you will receive information regarding this grant opportunity and the required information to further develop the FEMA grant application. 

For more information CLICK HERE or contact Construction Official Neil Byrne at 609-263-1166 or nbyrne@seaislecitynj.us. 


Master Plan Updates Will Continue
In City Council Message

Until the housing element component of the Master Plan is finalized and incorporated into the re-examination report, the Planning Board has concluded their work on the Master Plan Re-Examination and has sent their recommendations to City Council.  Moving forward, it will be City Council and the administration's responsibility to take action regarding items mentioned in the Master Plan Re-Examination. Updates and the status of projects mentioned in the Master Plan Re-Examination will be included in future City Council messages.
As a reminder, the Master Plan Re-Examination draft can be found on the home page of the City's municipal website, www.seaislecitynj.us .

The Sea Isle City Police Department is an Accredited Agency with the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police 

Event Planned March 18

Sea Isle City native Denise Schneider has been diagnosed with Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis and COPD. Denise is currently on Temple University's Lung Transplant Waiting List. There will be a fundraiser for Denise on Saturday March 18, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., at LaCosta Lounge, 4000 Landis Avenue. Tickets cost $25 per person (in advance or at the door). Proceeds benefit Denise's Transplant Fund. For more info, please phone 609-425-9978 or 609-435-7525.

Mark Your Calendar for April 1

The Sea Isle City Italian American Club Women's Auxiliary will host a fundraiser benefiting the Scleroderma Foundation (held in honor of club member Roxanne Sortino) on Saturday, April 1, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at The Lobster Loft Restaurant, 42nd Place and the Bay. Tickets cost $30 per person (includes one drink and appetizers). Participants must be 21 or older. Tickets are available at First Bank of Sea Isle City and Groovy Girlz. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event. For more details please phone 609-374-2721.


Do You Have A Few Hours To Spare For History's Sake?

Volunteers are needed to staff the Sea Isle City Historical Museum and welcome visitors as they enter the facility. Volunteers don't have to be historians - a love for Sea Isle City is the main requirement. For more information, please phone Historical Society Vice-President Abby Powell at 215-595-4601 or stop by the Historical Museum, located on the first floor of the Sea Isle City Library, 4800 Central Avenue.
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Don't Miss This Lively Production!

The Ocean City High School Drama Guild will present the popular musical "Bye Bye Birdie" at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, located at 6th Street & Atlantic Avenue in Ocean City. Performances take place on March 30 & 31 at 7:00 p.m., and on April 1 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. For more info call the Box Office at 609-399-1290, ext. 1442.

Fitness Classes
Pick-Up Basketball
Adult Volleyball
Open Gym

CLICK HERE for More Details

The Easter Bunny is Coming!

Children under age 12 are invited to Sea Isle City's 2017 Easter Program, which takes place at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5 at Dealy Field, 6108 Central Avenue (Rain date: April 12). Kids are reminded to bring baskets or bags for the Egg Hunt and parents are reminded to bring their cameras!  For more info, phone the Recreation Office at 263-0050. 

There's Always Something
Fun Happening in Sea Isle City

For Sea Isle's Calendar of Events

Recycling Is More Than Just a Good Idea,  
It's The Law in Sea Isle City

for the Public Works Home Page, where you'll find links to Trash & Recycling Collection Schedules, the Water & Sewer Department, the County M.U.A. and other useful information.

Sea Isle City 
is an
Active Community

If you have questions or concerns, there is no need to wait for an upcoming City Council meeting to express your thoughts. You can contact the head of any City Department to obtain the answers you need. For a complete list of contact information, visit our Municipal Website, www.seaislecitynj.us, or phone City Hall at 263-4461.


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