February 5, 2016
Please join me in welcoming Melissa Bovera as our new city clerk. Melissa started in her new role on Monday, and I'm confident she'll uphold the long tradition of quality customer service, transparency and professional conduct in our City Clerk's Office. Melissa brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the job and returns to a place where she has spent many summers. If you're near City Hall, stop by and say hello.
On Thursday, I plan to present a recommended 2016 budget to City Council and to deliver my annual "State of the City" address. The city team is hard at work putting the final touches on a budget plan that will meet my challenge to maintain and exceed all of the city services we've come to expect and to continue to make improvements to all parts of the city — with no impact to property taxes. City Council and I have agreed over the past five years that the best approach to budgeting is to bring forward a true budget the first time, without excess or fluff for negotiated cuts. At this time, I'm confident that we will meet this challenge in a fiscally responsible manner.
I look forward to working with City Council to finalize the budget and approve the capital plan in the coming weeks.
As most of you know, the city is working hard on a huge number of different projects, and transparency has always been a priority for my administration. So it’s always good to see the city recognized for its efforts. In an editorial this week, the Ocean City Sentinel took note of “the abundance of information the Gillian administration has disseminated publicly,” including town hall meetings and regular updates on the city’s website. I hope you’ll all take the time to read the editorial and to know that I’ll always be forthright about both challenges and successes in our capital improvement program and in every aspect of government.
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