July 2, 2020
Dear Friends,
I joined the mayors of all Cape May County towns and the county freeholders in issuing this statement yesterday:
“We join together to urgently request that all residents of and visitors to Cape May County wear face coverings in all public places, other than certain very limited exceptions. Thanks to the good sense, hard work, and sacrifices of members of our community, COVID-19 cases in Cape May County have remained below a critical threshold, however, we must take bold steps to ensure that cases continue to trend downward or, at minimum, remain steady even with the influx of seasonal residents and visitors expected during July and August. For the health of all and as an investment in the economic health of our community, we deeply appreciate and now depend upon the cooperation of business owners, staff members, and the public in this needed next step.
The mask-wearing request does not apply:
  • To those engaged in active outdoor recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running.
  • While on the beach, so long as strict social distancing is maintained.
  • When socially distanced and eating or drinking in public at a food establishment.
  • To those who cannot medically tolerate wearing a face covering.
  • To young children.
Please note that the request for the wearing of face coverings includes the Boardwalk.

We’re heading into a holiday weekend and already Ocean City is very crowded. Please help us make sure we all have a safe, healthy and fun summer by taking the precaution of wearing a face covering.
The dredge Ohio arrived today ahead of schedule, and beach replenishment is now underway. About 1,000 feet of beach at a time will be closed as the work proceeds from the beach at Morningside Road toward 13th Street over the next several weeks. When that section is completed, work will move in the other direction – from Morningside northward to the jetty at Seaview Road.
I understand that this will be an inconvenience during the height of the summer, but these beaches desperately need the sand, and we will always be grateful for our partnership with the federal Army Corps of Engineers and state Department of Environmental Protection in protecting our coastal properties. Daily updates will be available
We have received many inquiries about equipment working offshore in the vicinity of 34th Street. The wind energy company Ørsted has contracted a vessel to take soil samples to test a potential location for an underground cable in the area. The vessel will be working offshore for about the next two weeks.
I want to thank Tony Wilson for his nine years of service to City Council. Tony was a good public servant, a good friend to me, and a good friend to all Ocean City taxpayers.
City Council held its swearing-in ceremony and reorganization on Wednesday. I want to congratulate Bob Barr and Mike DeVlieger on their election as president and vice president. And I want to welcome Tom Rotondi and Jody Levchuk. I look forward to working with them and continuing a great partnership with all of Council.

Warm regards,
Jay A. Gillian

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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.

Mayor Jay GillianOur 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

Phone: 609-525-9333