E-Newsletter
January 31, 2019
MAYOR'S MESSAGE
If Sea Isle City had an old-fashioned town crier, no doubt last week he would have been shouting “Sea Isle Boulevard is open…Sea Isle Boulevard is open!” Those are the words many of us were saying after the County opened the south side of our newly elevated causeway to traffic earlier this month. Now, after years of construction, the vast majority of the work along Sea Isle Boulevard has been completed and traffic is flowing smoothly along the causeway’s new configuration. In the spring, a final layer of asphalt will be installed and other ancillary work will take place; however, in the meantime, we can enjoy the causeway’s “wide open spaces” as we easily drive across the wetlands.


CITY COUNCIL'S MESSAGE
At the start of the January 22 City Council meeting, Mayor Desiderio reported that the City will host a free marijuana and vaping awareness event titled “What’s Smoking in New Jersey” on February 8 inside the former public school building on Park Road. This timely presentation is open to the public and will feature a free luncheon and a great deal of important information that every adult should know.

PROJECT UPDATES
Milling and Paving
Roadway Reconstruction
South Jersey Gas Project
Sea Isle Boulevard is Open
New Fishing Pier / Kayak Launch
Drainage Projects 


SPECIAL EVENT FEBRUARY 8
Former D.E.A. Agent Will Lead Discussion
About Marijuana and Vaping Tobacco

The public is invited to a free awareness event titled “What’s Smoking in New Jersey” on Friday, February 8, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., in at the former public school gymnasium, 4501 Park Road, where Criminal Justice Professor Douglas S. Collier, M.A., from Monmouth University (a retired Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent), will speak about current trends relating to marijuana and the growing popularity of vaping tobacco products. Parents, grandparents and all concerned citizens are strongly urged to experience this important and informative event. A complimentary luncheon will be served to all those in attendance. For additional information, please phone Sea Isle City Municipal Alliance Coordinator Kellie Seib 609-263-4461, ext.1222. CLICK HERE for an event flyer. 

CLOTHING DRIVE
Hats, Gloves & Socks Needed for
Warming Centers in Our Area

Sea Isle City’s Division of Emergency Medical Services is hosting a clothing drive titled “Code Blue Light,” during which they are collecting new and gently used gloves, hats and socks for area Warming Centers, including the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. The clothing drive will take place through Presidents Weekend, which is also Polar Bear Plunge Weekend in Sea Isle City. The public can drop-off donations at the City’s Ambulance/EMS building, located at 201 JFK Boulevard, 7-days a week, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Note: If Sea Isle’s EMS first responders are out serving the community when donors stop by, please place donations in the drop box located near the Ambulance Building’s front door. For additional information, please phone 609-263-8686 or email iaeplocal263@gmail.com .

POLAR BEAR WEEKEND
Polar Bear Plunge Weekend
is February 15, 16 & 17

Friday Evening, February 15: Crowning of the Polar Bear Royal Family at LaCosta.

Saturday, February 16: Polar Bear Costume Contest at 12 noon at LaCosta, and "The Plunge" in the Atlantic Ocean from 2:00 to 2:15 p.m. NOTE: The official plunge location, with medical assistance and ocean rescue personnel on the site during the above mentioned times, is between 38th and 40th Street Beach.

Sunday, February 17: The Mike’s Seafood Polar Bear Run-Walk for Autism on the Promenade at 12 noon, and The Polar Bear Corn Hole Tournament at LaCosta at 2:00 p.m.

Polar Bear Jitney Service: Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m., however service will be suspended on Landis Avenue from JFK Boulevard to 29th Street from approximately 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be no Strathmere Jitney Service this weekend.

CLICK HERE for More Info About 2019 Polar Bear Plunge Weekend

RECREATION ACTIVITIES
The Division of Recreation Offers Events And Activities Throughout The Year

Join us for weekly fitness classes, Yoga for all ages, after school activities, Sit-Fit-Seniors, basketball, volleyball, indoor pickle ball, self-led workouts and more. To contact the Recreation Office, located in the former Public School building at 4501 Park Road, phone 609-263-0050.


SPOTLIGHT ON HISTORY
Richard Mead Atwater:
The Man Who Led Two Lives

Nothing sinister. This man was both Mayor of Sea Isle City and President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Paris. He was the first true Sea Isle settler, and he became an internationally recognized expert in the field of glass technology. READ MORE

Special thanks to Sea Isle City Historical Society member Bob Thibault for writing this edition of Spotlight on History, and to all of the members of the Historical Society for carefully preserving Sea Isle's past. Visit the Sea Isle City Historical Museum to learn more about Sea Isle's "times of yore."

ONLINE TIDE GUAGE
Easy to Read Gauge Helps
You Predict Rising Tides

The City’s municipal website has a direct link to a tide gauge located at Sea Isle’s Municipal Marina, where the Steven’s Institute’s Flood Advisory System’s Tide Prediction Tool relays real-time readings from Sea Isle’s tide gauge and tells you how high the tide is expected to rise – all the while displaying the height and direction of the current tide. You can also use the Tide Prediction Tool to learn about tide levels in other seashore communities along the East Coast.
 
To access Sea Isle’s tide gauge, visit www.seaislecitynj.us , click the “FEMA Flood Information” link at the bottom of the homepage, then click the “Real Time Tide Height Data” link – or CLICK HERE to access the tide gauge now.

 
T. I. BRIDGE CLOSED
Please Plan Alternate Route

Due to the need for repairs, the Cape May County Bridge Commission has closed the Townsends Inlet Bridge (connecting Sea Isle City and Avalon) to all vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic. While repairs are underway, construction crews will be working extra shifts; however the bridge is not expected to re-open until May, 2019.
 
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
There's Always Something Happening,
So Don't Miss a Moment of the Fun!



TRASH & RECYCLING INFO
Sea Isle City is a Recycling Community

CLICK HERE 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.

No Curbside Trash Collections on Tuesday, February 12:

Because Tuesday, February 12, is a City Holiday (Lincoln’s Birthday) no curbside trash or recycling collections will take place that day. All curbside collections regularly scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, will take place on Wednesday, February 13; and all curbside collections scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, will take place on Thursday, February 14. For more information about trash and recycling regulations, please phone 609-263-6000, ext. 14.

Bulk Trash & Brush Collections (October thru May):
 
  • 1st to 44th street = 1st Thursday of each month 
  • 45th to 70th street = 2nd Thursday of each month 
  • 71st to 94th streets = 3rd Thursday of each month 
  • Brush = 4th Thursday of each month
  • Citywide Bulk Pick-Up: 4th Thursday in May & 4th Thursday in September
DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION?
Would You Like to Speak With a City Official?

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 609-263-4461.

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