Mayor's Update - Nov. 27, 2019

Date: November 25, 2019




Dear Friends,
I’m sad to report on the passing of one of Ocean City’s finest citizens, Tommy Miles Jr., over the weekend. He and his wife, Mary Hayward-Miles, had been honored at this year’s Juneteenth Celebration with the Business Leadership Award in recognition of their contributions to the economic vitality and charitable service of the black community in Ocean City. He and Mary have lived in town for 57 years, raised a family here and worshipped at Shiloh Baptist Church. He was the owner of Tommy Miles Window Cleaning and Painting, and he also worked for Ocean City until his retirement. Most of all, Tommy was known for his kindness and generosity – he could always be counted on to help others regardless of the circumstances. I hope you all will join Michele and me in extending our deepest condolences to Mary, their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all of their friends and family.
A few reminders:
  • Our Christmas in the Downtown celebration is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday (Nov. 29).  The Ocean City Fire Department ladder truck will be ready in case a certain traveler from the North Pole needs assistance descending from the roof of City Hall. If so, he’ll be on hand to help illuminate City Hall and the Christmas tree at 5 p.m. 
  • Seasonal beach tags for summer 2020 will go on sale Friday. They will be available at a discounted $20 and can be purchased at the City Hall Welcome Center and other locations throughout town or online at
  • There is less than a week left to purchase First Night buttons at a discounted $15. The price goes up to $20 on Sunday, Dec. 1. For more information and to purchase buttons online, visit
  • If your trash and recycling pickup is regularly scheduled for Thursdays or Fridays, it will be pushed back by one day, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The schedule returns to normal next week. See more detail on the holiday trash and recycling schedule.
I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Please take the time to enjoy the holiday with your family, neighbors and friends. We always have much to be thankful for in Ocean City, a place so many people hold so dear to their hearts.
Warm regards,
Jay A. Gillian