Oct. 21, 2016
Ocean City lost one of its finest citizens this week, and I’d like to pay tribute to Gloria Klause and extend condolences to her family and friends. Gloria spent all of her 90 years in Ocean City, and touched the community in many ways. She was a founder of the Old Salt gift shop and of the old Palmer Chevrolet and Oldsmobile dealership in town. She was active in the church and school in the St. Augustine parish (now St. Damien) in Ocean City, and was involved in the Stainton Society at Shore Memorial Hospital. Always the “life of the party,” Gloria and her late husband, Harry, enjoyed boating and golfing and were regular participants in the annual Night in Venice parade. A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 27) and a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine. Gloria was always a good supporter and friend to Michele and me, and I’ll miss her, as I’m sure so many other people in Ocean City will.
I’d like to thank all of the citizens who took the time to complete our survey on the Ninth Street Corridor. Almost 200 people responded, and the results are in. The survey makes it clear that people would like to see the city acquire properties for use as open space. See full results.
The survey followed an Oct. 6 town hall meeting where more than 100 people shared their thoughts on the Ninth Street corridor. The city currently has an opportunity to turn abandoned gas stations and other properties into parks or public facilities. Because chances like these don’t come around often, I wanted to make sure to get full feedback from the public.
We heard a lot of great ideas in the process, and we’ll consider them all as we move forward in beautifying the gateway to Ocean City.
As I’m sure many of you know by now, work on the 34th Street Bridge began this week, and traffic has been backed up on the causeway and into Marmora. The tie-ups were compounded on Thursday by Garden State Parkway construction and a motor vehicle accident. They’re clear now, but all of us can expect delays throughout the winter as the single-lane traffic pattern continues. Again, I urge everybody to have patience and to seek alternative routes as this important project is completed.
The 69th annual Halloween Parade goes off at 7:15 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 27) on Asbury Avenue between 6th Street and 11th Street. It’s always a colorful and festive event, and I encourage all families to attend. Because of the parade, City Council will meet on Tuesday next week (see agenda) instead of their usual Thursday.
On Sunday, the lights on the Route 52 causeway will turn red at the request of Ocean City High School to recognize National Red Ribbon Week (drug abuse and bullying awareness). On Thursday, they’ll turn orange and remain so through Halloween.
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