SEA ISLE CITY — City Council on Tuesday approved a $1.7 million bond that will fund construction of a band shell and the rebuilding of a pavilion along the city’s oceanfront Promenade area.

City Administrator George Savastano said work is expected to start in the fall and be finished by the summer.

The band shelter, which will include a wood dance floor, concrete pavement and benches, is slated for Excursion Park, a lot off John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Pleasure Avenue that has been vacant since a 1962 storm.

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The property, also called the Cospar lot after a company that tried to build a controversial condominium complex there years ago, belongs to Cape May County through its Open Space program. A county review board approved the city’s plan for a recreation site there in July.

The city’s plan for construction also includes replacing a gazebo on the Promenade and changing the streetscape in the area.

“It’s our anchor, now, to our beach side,” City Council President Mary Tighe said.

The $1.7 million bond is the first phase of an overall $2.4 million project over the next two years addressing the area on John F. Kennedy Boulevard between the beach and Pleasure Avenue. The construction is part of the city’s ongoing “Beach to Bay” project to build attractions, a marina and walkways the boulevard.

Contact Brian Ianieri:

609-463-6713, BIanieri@pressofac.com

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