May 27, 2016
Memorial Day Weekend is finally here. We’re looking at a warm and sunny start to the weekend, and everybody’s thoughts will start to turn to summer fun. We “unlocked” the ocean this afternoon, so let the season begin.
Please bear in mind that construction projects continue on roads leading to Ocean City, including at the Atlantic City Expressway interchange with the southbound Garden State Parkway and at the parkway bridge over Great Egg Harbor Bay. Detours will be in effect on back roads like Route 50 in Tuckahoe and Somers Point-Mays Landing Road (Rt. 559).
I ask everybody to be patient in their travels and to respect crosswalk and other laws as more drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians begin to share the roads in Ocean City with the coming season.
Members of the city team met with the South Jersey Gas Company officials this week, and I gave them the go-ahead to begin replacing gas mains from the area of Eighth Street and Ninth Street and Atlantic Avenue to the boardwalk. Work will begin after the holiday weekend and last until mid-June. This work will help the city get a quick start in the fall on a project to replace the boardwalk between Eighth Street and 10th Street – including the stretch in front of the Ocean City Music Pier.
The spring weather delayed other road projects in Ocean City, but work is expected to be complete by mid-June after taking a break for the holiday weekend.
The fourth annual Memorial Beach Challenge is on schedule with races beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. If you’ve never had a chance to watch the event, it’s worth a look – with participants navigating a grueling obstacle course on the beach and others racing on paddleboards in the ocean. It’s all for a great cause to raise money for service members, veterans and their families.
Finally, I urge you all to take time from your busy weekend to attend our annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at Veterans Memorial Park (500 block of Wesley Avenue). The event is always well-attended as the community recognizes the sacrifices made by the men and women of our military.
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