August 19, 2016
This afternoon, the Ocean City High School football squad became the first team to use the new artificial turf field at Carey Stadium. The project is complete, and the facility is beautiful.
Rowan University will hold its annual Brown & Gold Scrimmage there tomorrow morning, and in the coming months and years, the new facility will be used for football, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse games for athletes of all ages. Along with the newly resurfaced track, the facility will be home to Ocean City High School’s exceptional track and field teams. The stadium also will be used for a variety of community events throughout the year.
The new field is an important investment in the youth of our town – our future – and it’s also a responsible project for taxpayers. Having a view of the Atlantic Ocean from a high school field is wonderful and unique, but it also provides some substantial challenges in maintaining a grass surface.
The new surface is softened by an entirely organic cork infill. The design is state-of-the-art technology from Field Turf USA. I’m certain the field will soon be considered another one of Ocean City’s treasures.
On Thursday, I had the pleasure of joining the Friends of the Ocean City Pops at their 27th annual luncheon. Because he’s worn a pretty good path across the boardwalk on his way to the thousands of shows he’s directed, I presented William Scheible with a piece of the ‘walk in recognition of his 30th year as musical director and conductor of the Pops.
Under Bill’s leadership over the past three decades, the Pops has grown to include every kind of music appealing to people of every age. Our town is very lucky to have its own orchestra, and the Pops is a true jewel. I look forward to hearing more wonderful music from him in the years to come.
I’d like to encourage everybody to catch a Pops performance this summer. There are a variety of shows left on the schedule. Information and tickets are available at ocnj.us/boxoffice/, at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office, or at any welcome center in town.
I want to remind everybody that ACT Engineers and the city team will hold two meetings on Saturday, Aug. 20, to let residents know about Ocean City’s 2016 bay dredging program. A meeting to discuss proposed work at Snug Harbor, Glen Cove and the entrance area of South Harbor will be held 11:30 a.m. in the Senior Center at the Ocean City Community Center. Residents of the Nor’Easter Residential Marina community at Seventh Street and Pleasure Avenue are invited to a separate meeting at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center.
I hope you all have a great weekend and take in all the fun things to do in town while summer is still with us.
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