Friday, May 24, 2013
Ocean City marks the start of Memorial Day Weekend with a kickoff to the summer season.
Ocean City opened the Boardwalk first thing on Friday morning. An hour later, the city reopened the downtown, and at noon the mayor unlocked the ocean. A day of ceremonial ribbon-cuttings and unlockings marked the traditional start of the summer season, and this year the events carried a special message: Ocean City has recovered from Superstorm Sandy and is ready to welcome visitors. The day started with an 8:30 a.m. Boardwalk ribbon-cutting, part of a coordinated event organized by Gov. Chris Christie as a symbolic show to remind people that the Jersey Shore is "stronger than the storm." Superstorm Sandy made a direct hit on New Jersey in October 2012 and left widespread damage to much of the state's shoreline. Shore businesses worked …
Gov. Christie appeared at Seaside Heights boardwalk Friday to promote the Jersey Shore
The Jersey Shore is officially open for summer, Gov. Chris Christie said as he spent Friday morning in Seaside Heights promoting tourism in New Jersey. Early Friday, Christie appeared on NBC's Today Show, which broadcast its morning news program live from Seaside Heights. The governor later cut a ceremonial ribbon — a Guinness World Record at over five miles long — to officially declare the shore open. "It's an incredible day for New Jersey," Christie said in remarks. "I'm so thrilled that this morning we're here with the whole country welcoming the Jersey Shore back." After being battered by Superstorm Sandy, many businesses on the boardwalk are open and welcoming customers, though others continue to make repairs. Despite some grey …
The New Jersey governor will visit Boardwalk at Eighth Street at 1:45 p.m. May 25.
Gov. Chris Christie will visit part of the Ocean City Boardwalk on Saturday. The New Jersey governor is scheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. May 25 at the Eighth Street ramp and walk the boards from there. The governor has been visiting Jersey Shore towns to promote a "Stronger Than the Storm" campaign, letting visitors know that shore resorts are open for business and recovered from Superstorm Sandy. Christie will move on from Ocean City to walk the boardwalk in Wildwood at 3:30 p.m. May 25. He will start from the 26th Street entrance.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
DEP Commissioner: side scan sonar used to detect sunken debris; Tourism Commissioner: rental market is healthy
Though immense devastation from Superstorm Sandy remains visible up and down the New Jersey coastline, beaches, boardwalks and even rental homes are ready for the annual influx of summer tourists that will begin this weekend, officials said Thursday at the annual "State of the Shore" event in Belmar. The State of the Shore report is presented by state officials and the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium every year before Memorial Day weekend kicks off, but this year it evolved to mark the unofficial reopening of the Shore area following Sandy. With emergency repairs to state and local infrastructure damaged by the storm now complete, work has started on the state's long term recovery, said Bob Martin, commissioner of the state Department of …
This will be Obama's first visit to Shore since just after Sandy
President Obama and Gov. Christie will visit the Jersey Shore on Tuesday, according to The Record in Bergen County. Herb Jackson of the Record and northjersey.com reports President Obama will visit the Jersey Shore on Tuesday with Gov. Christie. This will be Obama's first visit to the area since Oct. 31, just after the storm struck. More information can be found here.
Ocean City invites merchants and the public to participate in ribbon-cutting events on Friday, May 24.
In a statewide show of solidarity on Friday (May 24), shore communities throughout New Jersey will participate in simultaneous ribbon-cutting ceremonies to mark the opening of the summer season. The coordinated event is organized by Gov. Chris Christie and could be part of a world record for biggest ribbon-cutting in history. The event will take place 8:30 a.m. on the Ocean City Boardwalk, but the city is planning a ribbon-cutting of its own a little more than an hour later. The second ceremony will take place in front of City Hall at 9:45 a.m. to mark the opening of the downtown shopping district. The public and merchants are invited and encouraged to participate. All the hooplah and the scissoring is intended as a symbolic show to remind…
Monday, May 20, 2013
To attract more single-family home buyers, Ocean City moves toward allowing zoning for "coastal cottages."
Take the space occupied by a typical Ocean City duplex and create two small single-family homes. That's essentially the concept approved by City Council last week in an attempt to create more opportunities for year-round families to move to Ocean City. In a seaside town where the median home price is more than $500,000 and the median price for single-family homes even greater, the year-round population fell by almost 24 percent between 2000 and 2010 as many high-priced properties were purchased by investors and wealthy summer residents. On Thursday (May 16), City Council passed the first reading of an ordinance that could possibly create more opportunities for affordable single-family structures. Council voted 5-1 to approve the …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Ocean City awaits outcome of report due May 1.
Ocean City still does not know if the federal government will help fund an Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment project for the southern end of the island. Business Administrator Mike Dattilo reported to City Council and the public on Thursday that the Army Corps has not supplied to Congress a report that was due on May 1. The city hopes the report will indicate which projects will be funded and completed before summer 2014. An Army Corps project remains the best-case scenario for Ocean City to restore eroded beaches that are worst between 49th and 59th streets — the southernmost cross-streets of the island. Even before Superstorm Sandy flattened dunes, buried streets in sand and flooded homes in October 2012, the shrinking south-…
The state urges customers to consult the database before buying a car
The State Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) and Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) are urging all customers to consult their database of flood and salvage-titled vehicles before purchasing a car. That database now provides information on 31,000 such vehicles, the State MVC announced on Wednesday. It isn't illegal to sell vehicles with flood or salvaged titles. However, there are specific requirements that ensure potential purchasers are aware of the status of such vehicles, according to the MVC. “Damage sustained by vehicles must be disclosed to prospective buyers,” Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said. “We will hold car dealers accountable for violating our Consumer Fraud Act if they fail to make such disclosures.” The database was …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Mayor Jay Gillian calls budget responsible and refutes Fairness in Taxes ad.
Friday, May 17
In his weekly letter to citizens posted on the Ocean City website, Mayor Jay Gillian calls the 2013 municipal budget (read more about the budget) "sound and fair" and takes issue with an open ad placed by the citizen group Fairness in Taxes. May 17, 2013 Dear Friends: Last evening the City Council adopted the City’s 2013 operating budget. The budget is sound and fair to the taxpayers. It maintains the same level of services that our residents, property owners and visitors expect and enjoy. It’s a responsible plan for this year, and positions us nicely for the coming years. The Administration has taken the same approach with this budget that we have during my term as Mayor. We’re done with the days where Council is provided a budget …