E-Newsletter
September 24, 2019
MAYOR'S MESSAGE
From Mayor Leonard Desiderio...


I think it’s safe to say that we are having a wonderful autumn “shoulder season” so far here in Sea Isle City, because the weather has been fantastic and our after-Labor Day events have been very well-attended. If you were able to go to this year’s Fall Family Festival on September 14 and 15, you know exactly what I mean. With a bright sun in the sky and a mild breeze cooling the air, countless people enjoyed the festival’s vendors market along the Promenade, food court, and free amusement rides at Excursion Park on Saturday; and folks also enjoyed the bluegrass sounds of The Snake Brothers on Sunday, which was accompanied by the festival’s free historical trolley tours and antique auto show. It really was a great weekend! READ MORE

CITY COUNCIL'S MESSAGE
From The Members of City Council...

During the September 24 City Council meeting, Ordinances 1643 and 1644 were adopted following Second Reading and Public Hearing. Ordinance 1643 prohibits the alteration of existing channels in the bay and encourages green approaches. Ordinance 1644 establishes minimum and maximum salaries for City employees who are not covered by collective bargaining agreements, and it maintains consistency with salaries for employees determined by negotiated agreements. READ MORE

PROJECT UPDATES
New Promenade Lighting
Tree Planting
Water Pump Station
Roadwork
Milling and Paving
Fishing Pier & Kayak Launch
Utility Reconstruction


NEW RECYCLING GUIDELINES
Please Be Aware That Some Items Are No Longer Recyclable in Sea Isle City

Due to limited end-markets and increased contamination potential, the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority has announced that their Recycling Program is changing. Effective October 1, 2019, the following items will no longer be accepted for recycling and should be disposed of as trash:
 
·         Shredded Paper
·         All Bulky Mixed Rigid Plastics (all hard plastics regardless of size and color, examples include plastic laundry baskets, plastic toys and playhouses, plastic lawn furniture, empty plastic trashcans and plastic coolers)
 
Anyone with questions can phone the County Recycling Coordinator at 609-465-9026 or the Sea Isle City Recycling Coordinator at 609-263-6000, ext. 14.
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE : Please DO NOT place your recyclable items in plastic bags when intended for curbside collection. All recycling items intended for curbside collection must be “loose” in rigid containers – and all rigid containers used for curbside trash and recycling pick-ups must be no larger than 35-gallons in size and must have a removable lid. Thank you!

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.

EMERGENCY ALERTS
Register To Receive Urgent Phone Calls,
Text Messages and Emails from the
Sea Isle City Police Department

The Sea Isle City Police Department has expanded their means of communication by implementing an emergency notification system called "Nixle," which can send residents and visitors urgent text messages and emails (in addition to the emergency phone calls, or "Reverse 911" calls, that many people have been receiving in recent years). To sign up for important text messages, emails and phone calls containing details about hazardous weather conditions, public safety alerts, traffic congestion and police activity, go to Sea Isle City's municipal website, www.seaislecitynj.us , and click the "Register For City News & Alerts" link on the homepage and input your information.

 
HYDRANT FLUSHING
Regular Maintenance Ensures Reliability

During the months of October and November, Sea Isle City's Water Department will flush-out the water distribution system through the fire hydrants and exercise water valves throughout town. Semi-annual hydrant flushing is required to ensure that hydrants and the water distribution systems are functioning properly and can provide the proper drinking water quality (thus providing adequate water flow when needed). This is also a requirement for the Water Quality Accountability Act.   If a hydrant is being flushed near your home or business, we encourage you to avoid using washing machines, dishwashers or other water using devices during flushing operations. Residents can expect very little disruption in their water service - if any. However, low water pressure and possible water discoloration may occur. In the event of discoloration, simply allow water to run from the tap for a short while until clear. These conditions are not harmful and are usually short term. For additional info, phone 609-263-6000 (ext. 11) or email: dteefyjr@seaislecitynj.us .
 
COFFEE WITH COPS
Meet Our Police Officers on September 27

Join members of the Sea Isle City Police Department for “Coffee with Cops” on Friday, September 27, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Red, White & Brew Coffee Shop, located at 3602 Landis Avenue, where the public is invited to speak with local officers and ask questions about public safety while enjoying complimentary coffee and refreshments. For more information about this event, please phone Sgt. Bill Bradshaw at 609-263-4311, ext. 2302.

ONLINE SURVEY PLANNED
"Pool?" or "No Pool?"

An online survey is being created that will help City officials determine whether or not to build a municipal swimming pool at 4501 Park Road (the former pubic school property). The survey will be available to all Sea Isle City property owners for two weeks from 9:00 a.m. on October 23 through 8:00 p.m. on November 5. Information about the survey will be forthcoming in this E-Newsletter and will also be included with the Fourth Quarter Water-Sewer bills, which will be mailed to property owners in mid-October. Those wishing to take the survey must input their property-specific Water-Sewer Utility Account ID Number, which is shown on municipal water bills. Property owners without access to the internet can obtain a paper copy of the survey (during the aforementioned survey dates) at the Welcome Center and the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall during normal business hours.
 
HARBORFEST
"Celebration On The Bay" on September 28

The Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization will host their annual Harborfest celebration on Saturday, September 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Marina Park, 42 nd Place and the Bay. In addition to honoring Sea Isle City’s fishing industry and historic Fish Alley, Harborfest will feature live music, delicious seafood, craft and specialty vendors, nautical displays and more. During the Harborfest Chowder Competition, which features entries from local eateries, festival-goers can sample all of the chowders in the contest for $5 and then will vote for their favorite concoction. There will also be a Raw Clam Eating Contest, sponsored by The Oar House Restaurant, which will raise funds for autism charities. Harborfest is a rain or shine. For more info, phone 609-263-9090 or go to www.seaislechamber.com .


ITALIAN FESTIVAL & PARADE
Mayor Desiderio and His Family Will Host Italian Festival and Italian Day Parade on October

The Italian Festival will take place at KIX-McNutleys on 63rd Street from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on October 5. Festival-goers will enjoy great Italian food, live entertainment, and an Italian Vendors Market with craft and specialty merchandise – including items from “Its Gravy, Not Sauce” and “Mannino’s Cannoli Express” vendors. There will also be a Cannoli Eating Contest and free raffles featuring Cento Gift Baskets.
 
The 2019 Italian Day Parade will begin 2:00 p.m. on October 5 at the Sea Isle Bridge. The parade will travel east along JFK Boulevard and then continue south on Landis Avenue until it culminates at the Italian Festival on 63rd Street. The parade will feature live music, Sea Isle City’s 2019 Italian Royal Family, members of the Sea Isle City Italian-American Club and many other cheerful participants.
 
For more info about the Italian Festival and Italian Day Parade on October 5, phone 609-263-6341 or go to www.kixmcnutleys.com .

BLOOD DRIVE
Please Give Blood on October 10 

The American Red Cross will host a Blood Drive on Thursday, October 10, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Sea Isle City United Methodist Church on JFK Boulevard (between Central Avenue and Park Road). Walk-ins are welcome, but you can also make an appointment to give blood by phoning Norma Poole at 609-263-8025 or registering online at www.RedCrossBlood.org and inserting the sponsor code “sea isle umc.” Remember, when you give blood you save lives!

BEACH CLEAN-UP
Can You Lend-A-Hand on October 12?

Volunteers are needed for the Environmental Commission’s annual Autumn Beach Clean-Up and Dune Grass Planting on Saturday, October 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Volunteers can sign-up on the morning of the event at JFK Boulevard and the Promenade, where Environmental Commission members will distribute trash bags and other supplies. Volunteers will receive free event tee-shirts (while supplies last), courtesy of Approach Clothing Company, located at 6300 Landis Avenue, and vouchers for free ice-cream cones at Spinners Pizza Ice-Cream and Grill, located on the Promenade at 38 th Street. Immediately following the Beach Clean-Up, volunteers will be treated to a complimentary buffet luncheon at Mike’s Seafood & Dock Restaurant, located on Park Road in historic Fish Alley. The rain date for this event is Sunday, October 13. For more info, please phone 609-263-2081.

FLOODPLAIN PUBLIC MEETINGS
Local Meetings Planned
October 22 and December 10

The purpose of Sea Isle City’s Floodplain Management Planning Committee is to maintain consistency with FEMA requirements, which will hopefully result in greater flood insurance discounts for local property owners. As part of this process, public input will be gathered during two Public Meetings taking place on the third floor of City Hall, 233 JFK Boulevard, at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22, and Tuesday, December 10. Residents and property owners are encouraged to attend the Public Meetings in order to share suggestions and learn more about Floodplain Management. For additional information, please phone Neil Byrne at 609-263-4461, ext. 1301

TURTLE TEE-SHIRTS
" Save A Turtle" Shirts On Sale Now

The Sea Isle City Environmental Commission’s 2020 “Save a Turtle” cotton tee-shirts are on sale now at the Welcome Center, 300 JFK Boulevard, Monday through Friday (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and Saturday (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). The tee-shirts are available in two styles in both youth and adult sizes. Long sleeve shirts cost $15 each, and short sleeve cost $10. “Save a Turtle” tee-shirts make great gifts and are available only while supplies last – so start your holiday shopping early! For more information, phone 609-263-2081.
  
SPOTLIGHT ON HISTORY
"The Croneckers and Their Guests"
A Landmark Sea Isle City Hotel Welcomed Travelers From Near and Far

It operated for 78 years. It became a Sea Isle institution which served up to ten thousand visitors annually. Names such as Woodrow Wilson, J.P. Morgan and Douglas Fairbanks showed up on its guest lists. When it opened in the 1880s, it was called the “Hotel de Bellevue.” Later it came to be known simply as “Cronecker’s.” It was also in the 1880s that Fritz and Caroline Cronecker came to town from Philadelphia. They recognized that the Sea Isle hospitality industry was about to explode. So they jumped right in. READ MORE

This Spotlight on History was written by Sea Isle City Historical Society Volunteer Bob Thibault. To learn more about Sea Isle City's past, visit the Historical Society's Museum, located on the first floor of the Sea Isle City Library, 4800 Central Avenue.
No admission fee required to enter the museum.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
There Are Many Ways to Stay Active

Sea Isle City is home to many clubs, organizations, civic clubs, boards and commissions. Click the links below for more information about these groups...



DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION?
Do You Wish 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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