August 16, 2019
I have heard reports from a lot of residents, guests and merchants that our gull program appears to be working. People say they are grateful to be able stroll the boardwalk and beach across the entire island without fear of gulls swooping down to steal food. Our newest city team members — falcons, hawks and an owl — appear to be doing their job in holding the gulls at bay. We will continue to monitor the program in the next two weeks. If it continues to be successful, we will bring it back for next summer. Any investment that can protect the quality of life for our residents and guests is worthwhile.
There has been a lot of interest among the public in seeing the raptors at work. Representatives of East Coast Falcons will be on the boardwalk in front of the Ocean City Music Pier daily to let the public meet the birds who are patrolling the boardwalk and beach.
The team will be available every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., except on Thursday (Family Night on the Ocean City Boardwalk), when they will be there 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This will continue through Labor Day on Sept. 2.
The Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority will host an information session and Q&A regarding their project to replace/rehabilitate its wastewater pipeline underground along the county’s stretch of Bay Avenue between Eighth Street and 31st Street. The meeting will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 17) at the Howard Stainton Senior Center within the Ocean City Community Center at 18th Street and Simpson Avenue. I encourage all residents and everybody who travels this stretch of Bay Avenue to attend. Work will begin after Labor Day and will require detours throughout the off-season.
It’s hard to believe, but Labor Day Weekend will be here in just two weeks. We have a great lineup of events throughout the fall, but I hope families can take advantage of all that summer has to offer while it lasts. With many lifeguards already heading back to school, the Ocean City Beach Patrol will no longer guard some beaches for the remainder of the season. Please see the complete list of guarded beaches.
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