May 20, 2016
I’d like to provide updates on three important projects and remind everyone about the upcoming dredging town hall meeting.
Earlier this week, an Army Corps of Engineers contractor completed sand-pumping operations on the beaches at the southern end of the island. That marks the end of a project that rebuilt dunes and brought almost 2 million cubic yards of new sand to the south end. The federal government paid for the full cost of the work. Property owners and guests in that part of town had long advocated for the city to do whatever it took to restore eroded beaches and flattened dunes. My administration has always believed that working in partnership with the federal Army Corps and state Department of Environmental Protection provides the most effective long-term solution for our beaches. Now the south end is part of a cycle for regular renourishment projects. With summer and another storm season fast approaching, it’s a relief to know that the south end beaches and dunes are healthy. We’ll now turn our full attention to bringing more sand to the north end of Ocean City. I will update you all as soon as we hear any news.
Also this week, work crews started building a temporary road to a site in the marshes near Roosevelt Boulevard (34th Street). The site is approved as a place to store material dredged from Ocean City’s shallow lagoons and bayside channels. The new road will allow trucks access to help empty the site to make room for new dredging projects. As many of you experience every day, much of the bayside is too shallow to boat, paddle or swim any time near low tide. The road is one key to providing relief for all those who enjoy Ocean City’s back bays. There will be traffic delays associated with this project, so please be patient and allow extra time for your commute.
Lastly, the city remains on schedule to install artificial turf at Carey Stadium starting sometime shortly after Ocean City High School’s graduation in mid-June. Carey Stadium is home to many planned events prior to the artificial turf project, including a showdown between the local Nor’easters amateur soccer club and the D.C. United professional club, the American Heart Association HeartWalk and high school graduation. In order to maintain acceptable field conditions for these events, partial resodding of the field occurred earlier this week. We will attempt to reuse the sod when the turf is installed, a common practice when the grass has little time to take root. The field projects are part of the city’s commitment and investment in youth and recreation.
I want to remind you all about our dredging town hall meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in the Senior Center at the Ocean City Community Center. Representatives of ACT Engineering will go over the 2016 dredge program, plans to remove material to make room for new projects, and other long-term plans.
If you haven’t already, I encourage you to visit nj.seagrant.org to cast your ballot for Ocean City in the “Top Beach in New Jersey” contest. Voting is open through June 10.
I hope you 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