June 21, 2024


Dear Friends,

School is out, the weather’s heating up, and summer is officially here. We have a lot of fun to look forward to, as we do every summer. But it also means that there will be a lot of people sharing the beaches, boardwalk, bay, downtown and roadways. 

Please slow down, be courteous and remember to follow all the laws that keep everybody safe.

I especially want to remind motorists and pedestrians to respect crosswalk laws. Drivers should stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, and pedestrians should stop and make eye contact with drivers before crossing into a roadway. I also want to urge bicycle and e-bike riders to follow the rules of the road – including stopping at every stop sign and red traffic signal.

Reminders of the traffic safety laws are here:   

The ocean temperatures are still very cool, and that will make the beaches a great place to escape this weekend’s heat. Check to see which beaches are guarded. With students now out of school, the Ocean City Beach Patrol will open many more beaches for the season. The OCBP expects to be fully staffed by next weekend.

To make everybody’s beach days more enjoyable, please respect these laws and practices:

A Taylor Swift tribute and a Kenny G show on Monday and Tuesday open the 2024 Summer Concert Series at the Ocean City Music Pier. Ticket information on the entire series is available here: Bernadette Peters opens the 2024 Ocean City Pops season on June 30, and information on the entire season is available here:  

We announced today that Philadelphia Eagles veteran Brandon Graham and his family will be special guests and appear in the 2024 Night in Venice boat parade on July 20. Brandon represents everything that Philly fans love, and it’s a great honor to have the Grahams join us. They’ll get a warm welcome from everybody in Ocean City. Soon after Night in Venice, Brandon will report to training camp for his 15th season with the Eagles.

I hope you all will join me in congratulating Marie Sesso, who recently had her 100th birthday. Marie is a resident of The Shores in Ocean City who celebrated the milestone on June 13.

Have a great weekend and be sure to enjoy all that Ocean City has to offer. 


Warm regards,


Jay A. Gillian

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Mayor Jay GillianWelcome 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, Fire and Rescue, and Beach Patrol. Residents participate in activities for every age and interest including the cultural arts, music and theater as well as sports and recreation programs available at our many parks, playgrounds and city facilities. One of our local treasures is the Ocean City Community Center at 1735 Simpson Avenue, where families and individuals can enjoy the Ocean City Free Public Library, Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City Historical Museum, Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center, and the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center under one roof.

The city also maintains and operates a municipal airport, 12-hole golf course, Aquatic and Fitness Center as well as the famed Ocean City Pops Orchestra.

Ocean City is also host to more than 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, the Baby Parade in August, our mile-long block parties in May and October, and our family-friendly First Night New Year’s Eve Celebration.

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

Phone: 609-525-9333

Mayor Jay A. Gillian
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