May 20, 2022


Dear Friends,

The weekend weather forecast looks great. We’ve had a lot of wind, rain and cool temperatures this spring, so it will be a great time to enjoy all that Ocean City has to offer.

We will officially “unlock” the ocean for the season next Friday (May 27) at noon in a brief ceremony on Ninth Street Beach. That will clear the way for the Business Persons Plunge. Everybody is invited to take the first swim of the summer season – business attire required. For more information and advance registration, visit

The daily flag-raising ceremony will begin for the season earlier in the morning on Friday, May 27. A flagpole in front of the Music Pier was dedicated last summer to the memory of three veterans from Ocean City: Joe Caserta, James “JR” Robinson and Bill Cruice. The ceremony includes the playing of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” and the national anthem. The daily tribute will continue every day through Sept. 11. I am meeting this week with local veterans to set a time for the daily event and to discuss other details, and I will provide further details after we meet.

I want to congratulate Dr. Matthew Friedman on his hiring as the new superintendent of the Ocean City School District. I’m looking forward to meeting Dr. Friedman and continuing a great working partnership between the city and the school district. Exceptional schools have always been one of Ocean City’s greatest assets.


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 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

Phone: 609-525-9333

Mayor Jay A. Gillian
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