Mayor Leonard Desiderio is shown after cutting a ceremonial ribbon at the City’s new pickleball courts, located on 42nd Place in the Municipal Marina District. (Photos courtesy of Sea Isle City)

Mayor Leonard Desiderio gathered with other members of the community to cut a ceremonial ribbon and officially open Sea Isle City’s new pickleball courts on Tuesday.

The seven new courts were recently installed along 42nd Place in the resort’s Municipal Marina District, adjacent to a public parking lot and restrooms.

The new courts were constructed in addition to two existing pickleball courts that were built several years ago on West Jersey Avenue.

All of Sea Isle City’s nine pickleball courts are now open to the public and are free to use.

“We want to thank Sea Isle City for acting so quickly and creating the new pickleball courts,” local resident and pickleball enthusiast Mark Rose said in a city press release. “There are a lot of people who enjoy the courts every day.”

Shown with Mayor Leonard Desiderio at a “photo-op” sign are (from left) mayor’s assistant Pattiann Ponichtera, Chief Financial Officer Paula Doll and Michael Terenik, of Avalon Sign & Design.

In addition to opening the new pickleball courts, the city also officially launched a new “Photo-Op” sign program, which features a variety of signs and banners at several Sea Isle recreation areas, including the pickleball courts on 42nd Place and on West Jersey Avenue, Dealy Field, the 85th Street playground and the JFK Boulevard basketball courts.

The signs all feature Sea Isle City’s new hashtag: “#PlaySIC.”

In addition to the new signage, new decorative railings were installed at several locations along Sea Isle’s oceanfront Promenade. The custom-made railings are located at JFK Boulevard, 32nd, 36th, 44th, 50th and 57th streets – each featuring whimsical imagery that is ideal for photo-ops.

“We wanted to create photo opportunities for people so they could memorialize, save and share memories of themselves and their loved ones while they are enjoying Sea Isle City,” said Sea Isle Chief Financial Officer Paula Doll. “We placed the signs in active areas, where families and people often gather – and we encourage everyone to share their photos on social media with #PlaySIC.”

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