May 21, 2015
I would like to welcome everyone to the official start of the 2015 summer season. This is an exciting time for all of us and we are all looking forward to a great season. I hope you take the time to enjoy all Ocean City has to offer this weekend, and also make time to participate in our events.
I am pleased to announce that TripAdvisor has recently recognized Ocean City as a top "Destination on the Rise in 2015." TripAdvisor said, "Ocean City showed a massive booking increase within the last year, and was praised by reviews as a relaxing retreat.” I appreciate TripAdvisor’s recognition and am thankful for everyone who works hard to make this City great.
I will also ask that you remember to vote for Ocean City in the NJ Sea Grant Consortium’s “Top Ten Beaches” survey. We need everyone to vote to show that Ocean City is the best beach community in all four categories. Voting can be completed through this link: http://njseagrant.org/njsgc-toptenbeaches/
On Friday, I will be joined by members of City Council, representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, the Ocean City Beach Patrol and the Beach Patrol Alumni to officially “Unlock the Ocean” for the 2015 season. The ceremony will be followed by the always entertaining “Business Person’s Plunge.”
Lastly, I ask that you please take the time to join us at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 11:00 am Monday to reflect on what this holiday is really all about. I will again have the honor to join the members of our local VFW and American Legion Posts for this annual event in remembrance of those who gave their lives so that future generations of Americans might live in freedom.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend in America’s Greatest Family Resort!
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