June 15, 2018
City Council last night approved a smoking ban for all Ocean City beaches. The ordinance is fitting for “America’s Greatest Family Resort,” and I hope it will allow everybody to enjoy our beaches in the safest and healthiest way. My administration had drafted and recommended the amended local law, which now prohibits smoking on the beach, boardwalk and all public parks and recreational areas.
During discussion of the new measure, members of council and the public raised concerns about enforcement, and they are legitimate. It’s not easy to patrol and prevent every infraction across eight miles of crowded summer beaches. But the new law will provide a tool to educate the public. I will instruct our police to ask smokers to stop and to warn them about the new law. The measure takes effect in 20 days, and I hope you all will bear with us during this first summer.
On the beach at Sixth Street, a contractor is installing a new outfall pipe that triples the capacity of stormwater drainage on the beach blocks. The work is similar to what was recently completed at Third Street, Ninth Street and 13th Street. Large pipes and construction machinery will be stored on the beach during the work, and I urge all parents to make sure their children do not climb on or in any of this equipment.
With a new moon on Wednesday, we have been experiencing exceptionally high evening tides this week. Even with no rain or strong winds in the forecast, the National Weather Service is predicting minor flooding for a high tide at 10:30 p.m. tonight. Please monitor conditions and be prepared to move parked vehicles and avoid flooded streets.
Have a great weekend, and I hope all fathers will get a chance to enjoy their day Sunday with their families.
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