On today’s City Council agenda was the introduction of a funding ordinance for the use of capital surplus for construction of pickleball courts at the marina, on the crushed shell lot. For over the past year, we’ve worked with members of our community to establish a location for additional courts to serve this enormously popular sport. Quite frankly, the demand for this activity has exceeded our ability to provide sufficient space, and the construction of seven additional courts prior to the coming season will be a welcome addition. I want to thank the folks who have worked with city staff to develop this plan, and I want to thank the Community Services Department for their efforts in seeing this through.
Also on the agenda today was introduction of an ordinance to establish a duty crew program for the fire department. This program will provide for on-site staffing of the fire station during nights and weekends in the summer and at other selected times. The Sea Isle City Volunteer Fire Department has provided outstanding service to our community for many years. The fact is that certification, training, and continuing education for volunteer fire department staff are considerable, requiring significant commitment from the men and women who choose to volunteer. The demands of our city are also significant, and while we are confident that Sea Isle can continue to be properly served by the volunteer department, establishment of the duty crew will provide for optimal protection during our most vulnerable times.
As I reported at the last council meeting, vaccinations for COVID-19 are proceeding in Cape May County. I can tell you that we need a greater supply of vaccine, as the demand exceeds the current supply. The county is doing everything within its capabilities to get the shots into the arms of those who are eligible; and at the same time, we’re doing what we can to push the agencies at the federal and state levels to get us more vaccine.
I continue to encourage everyone to register for vaccination on the state’s on-line portal; and once again, please remember - we’re one Sea Isle City and together we will be stronger than ever.
Mayor Leonard Desiderio