July 21, 2017
Ocean City has a growing population of red foxes, and I want to remind everybody never to feed any wildlife you may encounter.
People do not need to be afraid of foxes – they are generally harmless to humans. There are several active dens in Ocean City, and foxes are most visible in the early morning and late evening. Problems do arise when humans start feeding them, and they become more domesticated and less afraid of people. Our Humane Society and animal control officials advise residents and guests never to feed them, to use lids on trash cans and to use outdoor lighting to keep them away from back yards.
Ocean City has never received any report of aggressiveness to people and has identified no rabid or diseased foxes. The species is not indigenous to Ocean City, but red foxes have lived here for decades. For the continued protection of these animals and humans, please leave them to survive on their own.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Ocean City Theatre Company will present a sensory-friendly production of “The Musical Adventure of Flat Stanley” for children and families affected by autism and other sensory, social and cognitive disabilities. The children’s show includes fewer loud sounds and a reduction in flashing lights. Audience members are free to talk or move during the show and are welcome to bring their own headphones, seat cushions, comfort objects and extra support items to the show. Extra staff and volunteer support will be on hand. The city remains committed to increasing access and inclusion for all with disabilities, and this is a great example. The show starts at 1 p.m. July 25, and $10 tickets are on sale now at the Ocean City Music Pier, oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111.
With the arrival of hot air and warm ocean water, I want to urge everybody to follow the law that prohibits anybody from jumping off any part of the bridges in or around Ocean City. Jumping from any bridge is extremely dangerous. This local ordinance is a common-sense safety measure that will be strictly enforced.
Finally, I want to wish everybody a great Night in Venice weekend. The streets will be crowded with cars, bicycles and pedestrians for the evening celebration on Saturday, so please be patient, cautious, and never drink and drive. Open container laws for pedestrians also will be enforced. Information on our parking and free shuttle service is available with this Guide to Night in Venice.
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