October 25, 2013
Next week marks the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. We should take pride as a community for the way we worked together to recover from the impacts of this devastating storm. At the same time, we must remember that there are still people who are not back in their homes and local businesses that are still trying to make up for the losses the storm inflicted.
I invite you to join us for a gathering at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. This event has been organized for the purpose of thanking God and each other and to celebrate the strength of this wonderful community over the past year. I would like to thank Rev. Brian Roberts of St. Peter’s for taking the lead in organizing this program, just as he has in so many other ways since the storm.
On another note, our Environmental Commission is gathering input and data for an Open Space and Recreation Survey in conjunction with a Sustainable Land Use grant the city received. The survey is one component in the development of a long-term plan for Ocean City’s open space and recreation facilities.
I would like to strongly encourage everyone to participate in this survey as well as attend the public meetings. The first meeting will be held on Monday, November 4, 6:30pm at the Bayside Center. The open space survey can be found at www.ocnj.us/openspace and is also available at City Hall.
Have a great weekend.
Jay A. Gillian