About the Innkeepers
Steve and Brandie Cesari relocated to Ocean City, NJ from Pottsville, PA. Steve is a native of the Coal Region and graduated from North Schuylkill High School, where he and his two brothers brought home a total of six PIAA state wrestling titles, while wrestling for their Dad. The wrestling program was featured here in Sports Illustrated in 1989. Steve (& his brothers) went on to wrestle for North Carolina State University, where he earned his degree in Business Management. Steve (& his two brothers) each won an ACC wrestling title for the Wolfpack. Prior to moving to Ocean City, Steve was the owner of a Subway franchise in Frackville, PA.
Brandie spent many years as a television news reporter, most recently in the Harrisburg, PA market. She received her Bachelor's Degree from The University of Hartford (CT) and her Master's Degree from Wilkes University (PA). She is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated reporter who has spent time in the Middle East covering our troops in Iraq and Kuwait. While Ocean City is a new home for the Cesari Family, Brandie did spend some time here as a child and attended the O.C. Primary School. Her parents, sister, and grandparents all live in Ocean City.
Steve and Brandie are excited about their new venture, and they look forward to welcoming new and returning guests to The Scarborough Inn for many years to come.
The next owners – the Jernee Family - included two brothers (Andy and Jack) and their respective families. This family has close ties to Ocean City history. The family patriarch, Jack Jernee, was instrumental in starting the Ocean City Lifeguard Association. Andy and Nancy lived at the inn for many summers with their children Gary, Mark, Lisa and Amy. They eventually bought the inn from his brother.
The entire building was painted white during this time, yet it retained much of the original architectural details like the fish scale shingles, dentil molding, and Colonial columns lining the wraparound front porch. There were 48 rooms, but the dining room had been removed at some point to make room for additional guest quarters and living space for the family.
Gus and Carol Bruno with their two sons, Peter and Jason, purchased the inn in 1988 and moved in just one week before the Memorial Day weekend opening. In the mid-90s they turned the Hotel Scarborough into the Scarborough Inn Bed and Breakfast and ran the inn until April 1, 2014 when they turned the innkeeper keys over to Brandie and Steve Cesari.