Dec. 6, 2019
The Army Corps of Engineers renourishment project for beaches at the southern end of Ocean City could begin as early as Thursday. The exact schedule is dependent on weather, equipment and other factors, but the contractor reported this week that work in Strathmere is ahead of schedule and could be complete by the end of the weekend.
The contractor took advantage of calm seas last week to lay a pipeline from a dredge in Corson’s Inlet to the beach between 58th Street and 59th Street. Work to rebuild beaches and dunes will begin at 59th Street. About 1,000 feet (two blocks) of beach at a time will be closed to public access as the work moves progressively northward toward 45th Street. The project is expected to be complete within 30 days, and when it is, Ocean City will have received 505,000 cubic yards of new sand across 1.5 miles of beach. Original estimates called for 455,000 cubic yards, but the volume was increased after new surveys accounted for recent storm damage.
Work to rebuild beaches at the northern end remains on schedule to start around May 1 with mobilization of equipment in April. I want to thank you all for your patience and understanding as this important work takes place. I also want to thank our partners in the Army Corps and the state Department of Environmental Protection. This program is essential in protecting property in Ocean City and across the entire coastline.
I want to remind you that tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 7) letter carriers in Ocean City will be collecting food for families in need. I encourage everybody to help. All you have to do is leave a bag of non-perishable food by your mailbox. Your carriers will pick up the donations as they cover their regular delivery routes. Read more about the program and what items are needed.
I also hope to see you all at tonight’s Christmas Parade. The parade – with more than 70 entries – will start at 6 p.m. and travel Asbury Avenue from Sixth Street to 11th Street. Santa is expected to pay a visit and will ride in a horse-drawn carriage at the end of the parade lineup.
Jay A. Gillian
Welcome to The City of Ocean City, New Jersey!
Ocean City is a town rich in history and a deep sense of community. Families have been vacationing in Ocean City for generations and many have made Ocean City their year round home.
Our residents enjoy award winning schools, world-class recreation facilities and outstanding municipal services from all City Departments including Police and Fire. Residents participate in activities for every age and interest including the cultural arts, music and theatre as well as sports and recreation programs available at our many parks, playgrounds and City facilities.
The City also maintains and operates a Municipal Airport, twelve-hole golf course, Aquatic and Fitness Center as well as the famed Ocean City Pops Orchestra.
Ocean City is also host to over 200 family friendly special events held year round. Many of our events are popular family traditions including the Night in Venice Boat Parade in July, our exciting Indian Summer Weekend in October featuring the mile long block party and fireworks, and our family friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration, First Night.
If you are vacationing in Ocean City, I know you’ll enjoy our seven miles of beautiful beaches and exciting boardwalk lined with shops, restaurants and amusements. And be sure to visit our unique and charming downtown shops and restaurants located in the heart of town on Asbury Avenue.
I am truly proud to serve as Mayor for this great community and hope you and your family enjoy your time in America’s Greatest Family Resort.
Jay Gillian, Mayor