March 24, 2023
At last night’s City Council meeting, Finance Director Frank Donato made a presentation on our proposed 2023 municipal budget. This is one of the first steps in a process that will continue for another couple months as Council reviews the draft budget and works toward a public hearing and final vote in May. Frank’s presentation summarizes projected revenues, expenses and impact on taxpayers. You can watch video of his presentation here, see a copy of his PowerPoint slides here, and review the draft budget document here. There will be many opportunities for public input as the process continues. I want to encourage everybody to take a look.
Tuesday was World Down Syndrome Day, and the causeway bridges were lit in blue and yellow to mark the occasion. Many local families are affected by Down syndrome, and it will always be important to raise awareness and improve support systems.
I will join Councilman Tom Rotondi at his Second Ward meeting at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, March 25) at the Ocean City Tabernacle. Everybody is invited to participate in an open discussion of issues that affect the Second Ward.
Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr and I will host a town hall meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15 at the American Legion (4562 West Avenue) to provide updates on plans for the next phase of road and flood mitigation improvements in the Merion Park neighborhood and nearby streets.
I’m sad to report on the passing of two exceptional friends, Francis Patrick “Pat” Henry and Bernard “Berny” Capaldi. Pat lived almost all of his life in town, graduating from Ocean City High School and serving briefly with the Ocean City Police Department before completing his career as a member of the Ocean City Fire Department. He and his family are well-known and well-loved in Ocean City. I served on the board of Shore Medical Center with Berny, and his local legacy includes many other contributions like helping Bill Elliott establish the HERO Campaign to encourage designated drivers. Please join Michele and me in extending condolences to the family and many friends of Pat and Berny.
Girls Weekend and the OC-CON Comic and Memorabilia Show are taking place this weekend. I hope you get a chance to attend and to enjoy all that Ocean City has to offer.
Jay A. Gillian
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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