City Council members from left, Frank Edwardi, William Kehner, Mary Tighe, Jack Gibson and J.B. Feeley.

During the “Administration Report” portion of the June 11 City Council meeting, Business Administrator George Savastano updated Council on the Sea Isle Boulevard Elevation Project, which is expected to be completed by the end of June, and the new 38th Street Pump Station, which is expected to be completed by the end of July. 

Following Mr. Savastano’s updates, Sea Isle City Director of Community Services Katherine Custer gave a presentation regarding the future of the former public school property at 4501 Park Road. 

During her presentation, Mrs. Custer explained the school building’s current uses as well as its deficiencies. She also outlined the findings of the ad-hoc committee of residents that was formed to explore the options for the school facility, and she displayed images of concept plans that portrayed three possible directions for the school property based on the ad-hoc committee’s findings. Those three options are: 

1.     Renovate the existing building (approximately $2 million cost)

2.     Demolish the building and construct a new recreation facility with a modern gymnasium (estimated cost $13 million-$16 million).

3.     Demolish the building and construct a new recreation facility with a modern gymnasium and an indoor swimming pool (estimated cost $17 million-$20 million – plus ongoing maintenance and staffing costs that range from $500,000 to $1 million each year). 

Following Mrs. Custer’s presentation, Mr. Savastano stated that the City’s Administration plans to host additional public meetings relevant to the future of the public school property. 

Subsequently, City Council has been informed that the next public meeting regarding this topic will take place on Saturday, June 29, at 10 a.m. in the school gymnasium at 4501 Park Road, during which time the public can explore the City’s options for the school property and express their opinions. 

Each of the twelve resolutions on the June 11 meeting agenda was adopted, including Resolutions 090 through 093, which approved the New Jersey Alcohol Beverage Control licenses for each Sea Isle City business that serves alcohol.  

Additionally, the following resolutions were also adopted on June 11: 

·       Resolution 096, which approved the appointment and re-appointment of the members of the City’s Zoning Board of Adjustment.

·       Resolution 098, which authorized our Tax Assessor to file tax appeals on behalf of the City of Sea Isle City.

·       Resolution 100, which authorized the award of a contract between the City of Sea Isle City and Rodgers Group, LLC, for our annual Accreditation Policy.  

Our next City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 25, at 10 a.m. in Council Chambers – we hope to see you there. 

Best Regards from the Members of City Council, 

Council President Jack Gibson (

Frank Edwardi (  

J.B. Feeley (  

Bill Kehner (  

Mary Tighe (