September 26, 2014
Dear Friends,
At last evening’s City Council Meeting a number of changes to our local zoning code were considered by City Council.  The changes are a continuation of the effort underway since I became Mayor to clean up and simplify our zoning regulations, implement recommendations from our Master Plan Reexamination and respond to changes in federal and state regulations brought about by Hurricane Sandy.
This has been a challenging period of time and many of the issues related to our zoning code are rather complicated due to the large number of zones and varied lot sizes in Ocean City.  The zoning fixes brought about by Sandy had to be addressed quickly in order to help people recover and get back in their homes.   Several of the changes have made more properties conform to our code, an objective of our Master Plan, and critical to allow people to obtain financing.
I commend City Council, the city team, our professionals and the Planning Board for the proactive approach that has been taken.  Our common objective has been to help our residents and property owners. It’s popular with some to allege that any changes to our zoning code are aimed at benefiting those in the development community.  Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I can assure you my direction to everyone involved is to remain focused on helping people.  That’s what I was elected to do.
I would like to thank all of the participants, volunteers and team members involved in three major events this weekend: the Walk for the Wounded, the MS City to Shore Ride and the OCNJ Half Marathon, 5K and 10 Mile Walk/Run.
Have a great weekend.
Warm regards,
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


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