Mayor Leonard Desiderio

Recently, the employees in our City Clerk’s Office mailed applications for Municipal Rental Licenses to all Sea Isle City property owners. They did this for two reasons.

First and foremost, because every property that is rented to seasonal or year-round tenants is required to have a Municipal Rental License – even if that property is only rented for a short period, or if the owner books the listing independently, through a local realtor, or with an online rental service such as Airbnb.

Secondly, the mailing was created to update the rental database for the Clerk’s Office. In order to do this, the Clerk’s Office is asking that all property owners (even those who do not rent out their homes) complete and submit the rental license form after signing the box that reads “I Do Not Rent the Property Above” and including your property address on the form.

Obviously, if you do not rent out your property, there’s no need to fill out the self-inspection form or include a payment when you submit the application form to the Clerk’s Office.

We realize that this seems like a tedious request, but it will help us keep track of the homes in Sea Isle City that are being used as rental properties – especially during the busy summer season.

The employees of our City Clerk’s Office are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about rental properties and the rental license application forms they mailed to our property owners last month.

If you received the rental license form and then tossed it in the recycling bin, you are not alone. If that’s the case, simply download and print the form by copying and pasting the following link into your web browser:

If you require additional help, please contact the Clerk’s Office at (609) 263-4461 ext. 1200, and they will happily assist you.

My thanks go to each of our property owners for assisting us in this endeavor.

This is the time of year when our municipal employees and local business owners are busy making plans to ensure that the approaching summer season is successful – which also means it’s a very exciting time of year that is filled with promise and much anticipation!

Among the many summer attractions that require a great deal of planning is our weekly “Concerts Under the Stars,” which feature a variety of free performances on Saturday evenings at the Excursion Park Band Shell.

If you are one of the countless people who look forward to our annual summer concerts, you will be happy to know that our Municipal Tourism Office recently announced this year’s concert lineup – and I am happy to report that it is filled with first-rate tribute bands that will perform the music of Queen, Jimmy Buffett, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel and other popular musicians.

Knowing this, now is a good time to go to the “Weekly Events” page at and mark your calendar accordingly, so you won’t miss any of your favorite music when the summer rolls around.

If you look forward to enjoying good times with family and friends in Sea Isle City, don’t forget that Presidents Weekend is a great occasion to be in town! In addition to many of our local retailers and eateries being open for business during the long holiday weekend, the Mike’s Seafood Run-Walk for Autism will take place on February 17 (featuring thousands of participants and plenty of family-friendly entertainment).

Also, the Sea Isle City United Methodist Church will host an indoor/outdoor “Shopping Spree” event on February 17 – and their Matt 18:20 Coffeehouse will be open all weekend long, offering a variety of food and drinks that will help raise money for the church. So, plan to be in Sea Isle City February 16th through the 19th, and celebrate Presidents Weekend with us.

To learn more about the events taking place during the upcoming holiday weekend, go to the “Presidents Weekend” section in this week’s newsletter or go to the “Calendar” page at

This week’s “Shout-Outs” go to Sergeants Shawn Lesniewski, Thomas Ready, and Robert Scarano, of the Sea Isle City Police Department, who all completed training at the New Jersey State Chiefs of Police’s Command and Leadership Academy.

Our Police Chief, Anthony Garreffi, has made a commitment that each of our police sergeants and other higher-ranking officers will participate in this excellent training program, which includes a curriculum that was developed through the United States Military Academy in collaboration with highly experienced law enforcement officials – and that is very good news for everyone in our community.

Congratulations Sergeants Scarano, Lesniewski and Ready – and please keep up the good work!

Smile … You’re in Sea Isle!

Mayor Leonard C. Desiderio