The food truck festival in Sea Isle this weekend was a great success. This could turn into an annual event and be another good reason to spend fall weekends in Sea Isle.
A 5k Run/Walk benefiting the Philadelphia Firefighters memorial is this Sunday at JFK and the Promenade in Sea Isle starting at 10:00 am. The weather is going to be perfect, so come out and run or walk for a great cause.
Next weekend is Harbor Fest. The 5 K Run/Walk will be on Saturday 10/4 starting at 9;30 am at JFK and the Promenade.
Finally there is the Dare to dash 5 K Run/Walk on Saturday 10/18 starting at 9:00 at JFK and the Promenade. The event benefits Bishop McHugh School.
The 8th Annual Irish Festival takes place this weekend in Sea Isle City. The festivities will be held at the LaCosta at JFK Blvd and Landis Ave. There will be live music and an Irish Vendors Market on Saturday and Sunday.
The Michael Fisher 5K Heart Run & Walk is also this weekend. The event raises money for Deborah Hospital's pediatric unit. It's a great cause so please participate if you can.
The annual Family Festival Weekend in Sea Isle was a great success. Lots of people down to enjoy the weekend and the weather on Sunday was beautiful. September may be the best month at the shore, with warm days and cool nights. The crowds are gone but everything is still open.
Irish Festival is this coming weekend and Harborfest is the weekend of October 4th.
Through August the average price of homes in Sea Isle is highest since their peak in 2008. The peak of the real estate bubble burst in 2008 and the price of homes has been slow to recover. In 2009 through 2013, the average price of a home sold in Sea Isle was over $40,000 less than in 2008. The good news is that 2014 could be the year when home prices get back to where they were six years ago.
The average price of a home sold in Sea Isle through August of this year is $628,000. That is well above the average price of $572,000 in 2013 and just below the high of $634,000 in 2008. The number of homes sold is also looking positive with 212 homes sold year to date in Sea Isle.
If the current trend holds, 2014 will be the best year for Sea Isle real estate in over six years and the best ever.
Henri's Bar is planning to expand. After two successful summers Sea Isle's newest outdoor bar should double in size by the summer of 2105. As Henri's popularity increased this summer, it was sometimes a little too crowded on weekend nights, so the expansion should be a welcome change for customers of what we think is Sea Isle's best outdoor bar. The old house directly to the right of Henri's will be demolished to make more room for seating. Usually we feel a little bad about old houses being torn down is Sea Isle, but not in this case. The old building is tucked between Henri's and then condos next door and is barely even noticeable when you walk by.
We just hope that the increased size doesn't change the atmosphere at Henri's. It will still be much smaller than the OD's Sand Bar and the outdoor bars at the Springfield and Kix/McNutley's. So the increase in size doesn't necessarily mean a change in the mix that makes it unique.
Summer is over and St Joseph's Church in Sea Isle has returned to their winter mass schedule. The new mass schedule is below.
Winter Mass Schedule:
Monday - Friday: 8:00AM
Sunday: 7:30AM, 9:00AM, and 10:30AM
The good news is that parking will no longer be a problem since the summer crowds are gone.
I'm sure many people didn't even notice it but Sea Isle's 7-Eleven was demolished to make way for another side by side. The 7 -Eleven has been closed all summer and they finally tore the old building down a few weeks ago. The foundation for the new side by side is already in place, so it won't be long before the new building is up.
Although it was there for well over 25 years, I don't think anyone will miss the 7-Eleven. It never really did much of a business and it is almost impossible to feel sentimental about a 7-Eleven, even one in Sea Isle.