Mayor Len Desiderio

Sea Isle City held its Municipal Elections on May 9, which resulted in three candidates being elected to City Council.  The three winners of the election were J.B. Feeley, who will be a new-comer to City Council, and incumbents Mary Tighe and Jack Gibson.  My congratulations go to J.B., Mary and Jack on their victories!

On May 10, the Police Unity tour rolled through Sea Isle City on its way to Washington, D.C. This year, nearly 200 individuals took part in the Unity Tour’s bicycle procession, which is held in honor of every police officer who died in the line of duty.  When the bicyclists arrived in Sea Isle, they were greeted by a giant American flag that was draped over JFK Boulevard, hung courtesy of the Sea Isle City and Marmora Fire Departments. Moments later, everyone gathered around the steps of City Hall for a special ceremony, which was led by Sea Isle City Police Chief Tom D’Intino. Also participating in the ceremony were retired Sea Isle City Police Captain Mike Jargowsky and Deacon Joe Murphy of Saint Joseph Church, a retired Philadelphia Police Detective who is very active in our community. I was also honored to participate in the ceremony and to say a few words about the many police officers who have lost their lives while serving the people of their communities, including Sea Isle City Patrolman Michael Cullinane, who died 25-years ago while saving the life of a construction worker in a deep pit that was rapidly filling with toxic gases. My thanks go to all of our nation’s police officers and everyone who organized and supported this year’s Police Unity Tour.

Looking ahead, I hope you can join us on Saturday, May 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon, for Sea Isle City’s annual Community Day celebration at the Community Lodge on JFK Boulevard.  During Community Day, you can speak with City officials and representatives from local civic organizations, shred your personal documents (courtesy of First Bank of Sea Isle City), and purchase flowers from representatives from the Sea Isle City Garden Club, who will be hosting their annual Flower Sale Fundraiser on Community Day. There will also be several awards presented to local residents, including First Bank of Sea Isle City’s Community Partnership Award, which will be given to AARP Chapter 710 (along with a sizable cash donation).  Also, the Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization will distribute their annual college scholarships to several local students, and I will present my annual “Do the Right Thing” award to local residents Tom Owings, Joe Robinson, Sis Borden, Bob Thibault, Bill Keller and Tom Breazeale, Jr.  Community Day will also feature activities for the kids, free health screenings, plenty of useful information, and much, much more – so I hope you can be with us as we “celebrate Sea Isle City” on May 20!

This week’s “Shout Out” goes to Sea Isle City Construction Official Neil Byrne, who was declared the New Jersey Building Official Association’s “2017 Building Inspector of the Year” on May 4 in Atlantic City during the NJ Department of Community Affairs’ 2017 Building Safety Conference. Congratulations Neil!

Smile…You’re in Sea Isle!

Mayor Leonard C. Desiderio