MAYOR’S MESSAGE: August 20, 2015
I would like to thank everyone for their cooperation during this summer’s Beach Replenishment Project. Please realize that your City officials fully understand that summer is not the best time for a large infrastructure effort to take place on our beaches. However, this federally-run project is saving our town over $25 million, and it is also adding millions of cubic-yards of much-needed sand to our shoreline – all at no expense to local tax payers. When completed, our beaches will be wider, our dunes will be stronger, and there will be additional recreation space along our entire beachfront. In the meantime, please know how grateful we are for your patience and understanding.
The month of August means many things to many people. For some, it’s all about long days on the beach soaking up the warm sun. For others, August means fishing trips in the ocean or enjoying brilliant sunsets over the back bays. For the Sea Isle City Beach Patrol Alumni Association, August is when they typically host their annual Hall of Fame Dinner, which took place on Saturday night at The Lobster Loft Restaurant.
This year, four former beach patrol members were inducted into the Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame. Among them were Colin Corcoran, a four-time doubles rowing champion, who was a formidable competitor in many lifeguard races, and Brendan Lake, a lifeguard in the 1980s and ‘90s, who also proved to be a strong competitor with numerous first place titles under his belt. 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee Wayne MacMurray, a beach patrol member for more than forty years, was declared “an excellent lifeguard” and a “true water watcher” who won numerous first place titles of his own. Last but not least, there was Brian Wilson, a 16-year SICBP member, who served as lieutenant for eight of those years and was also honored for being a strong guard and a very successful competitor. These four inductees are fine examples of the exceptional lifeguards who have belonged to the Sea Isle City Beach Patrol throughout its illustrious history. My hat is off to each member of the Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame – as well as every guard who has ever served on the beaches of Sea Isle City. We could not have had one successful summer without you!
Knowing that many people rely heavily on the paper edition of Sea Isle City’s annual Visitors Guide, I want to make sure everyone is aware of a special concert by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Blue Aces, which will take place at the Band Shell on Friday, August 28. The Blue Aces concert, which was added to our summer event
schedule after the 2015 Visitors Guide went to print, will feature Rock-n-Roll and R-n-B music that’s sure to be a big hit with our concert-goers. You can find more info about the Blue Aces in this newsletter and on Sea Isle’s official visitor’s website, www.VisitSICNJ.com.
Don’t forget that there are many good times still to come – even after Labor Day arrives. Mark your calendars now for Fall Family Festival on September 19-20, Irish Weekend on September 25-27, Harborfest on October 3, Italian Festival on October 10, Octoberfest on October 17, and Sea Isle’s annual Halloween Parade on October 23.
This week’s “Shout Out” goes to Bob and Kim Bove, who recently told me how much they love Sea Isle City. Thank you for all of your kind words, Bob and Kim!
Smile…You’re in Sea Isle!
Mayor Leonard C. Desiderio
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