Beach, Bay Improvements for Sea Isle City

Posted on Tuesday, July 09th

Sea Isle City is lining up the financing for a series of capital improvements that will enhance the beaches and bayfront and also provide more protection from flooding by upgrading the roads and drainage systems.

Three bond ordinances totaling $10 million have been introduced by City Council to provide funding for the projects this year.

Among the big-ticket items, Sea Isle will spend $2.1 million to replenish its beaches. This will be the first cycle of beach replenishment as part of a 50-year program of shoreline restoration in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Sea Isle had originally planned on replenishing the beaches in 2020, but decided to move the project ahead for this year, City Business Administrator George Savastano said. The work is scheduled to get underway in the fall or winter.

Improvements to the shoreline will also include the purchase of more of the popular beach mats that make it easier for people to walk across the thick, powdery sand. The city has committed to placing the mats at the entrance to each beach.

Another major project in the capital plan is a new $1 million fishing pier and kayak launch site on the bayfront. Sea Isle will pay for the upfront costs for the project. However, Cape May County has approved a grant for the project and will reimburse Sea Isle for the cost, Savastano said.

The fishing pier and kayak launch site will be built along the water’s edge behind the city’s Dealy Field athletic and recreation complex near 60th Street. Parking is already available at the site.

Sea Isle hopes to begin construction on the pier project this year. A completion date has not yet been announced.

The boardwalk-style pier will extend 132 feet out into the bay. The center section will serve as the fishing pier. Another part will branch off for a “passive pier” featuring a covered pavilion. There will also be a dock for a handicap-accessible launch facility for kayaks and paddleboards.

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