February 27, 2015
Last evening City Council awarded a contract to begin removing dredged materials from the site near Roosevelt Boulevard. The contractor will remove up to 50,000 cubic yards of material. This will allow us at a minimum to complete the dredging that was left unfinished in the last contract when the site reached its capacity.
We are on several other parallel paths in regards to the dredging of our lagoons and other bay front areas including:
We continue to pursue approval to enlarge the undersized Route 52 Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) to significantly increase the capacity.This CDF is accessible by both trucks and barges and therefore would be easier to empty in the future to create additional capacity.
We continue to seek approval to use a $2.6 million grant we have been awarded from the United States Department of the Interior to use dredge materials to create and stabilize wetlands. We are pursuing the required permits to do this.
We have agreed to allow the State of New Jersey to remove dredge materials from two full city owned sites at the southern end of Ocean City.These sites have no practical use for Ocean City due to their distance from the lagoons.It is in Ocean City’s best interest to allow the State to do this to hopefully develop some sort of viable beneficial reuse for the material.
We are working in partnership with other coastal communities to pursue changes in various state and federal regulations that make dealing with this situation so difficult.Representatives of Stockton State College are also involved in these efforts.
Last week we met with several representatives of the NJDEP and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and had an opportunity to discuss these and other issues related to dredging.I am happy to report that these agencies are sympathetic to our needs.We are scheduling a follow up meeting in Trenton in mid-March.
The objective remains to develop a viable long term plan to maintain our entire bay front.
Have a great weekend!
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