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Letter From Mayor: City Will Protect Property

Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian says the city will "take all necessary steps" to protect the south end if a beachfill project is delayed until fall.

January 10, 2014

Dear Friends:

We have recently been receiving conflicting information regarding the schedule for the beach replenishment project for the south end of Ocean City, including the possibility that construction may not begin until after Labor Day.

It would be beyond disappointing if this project is delayed for administrative or bureaucratic issues.

I have contacted Governor Christie’s Office, along with Senator Menendez, Senator Booker and Congressman LoBiondo to request their assistance in having this project proceed in a timely manner.  Additionally, we have been in almost daily contact with the Army Corps of Engineers and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection attempting to clarify the situation and the schedule.

In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the condition of our beaches and take all necessary steps to protect public and private property.

Warm regards,

Jay A. Gillian
Mayor

OCnjOC January 11, 2014 at 09:39 AM
Oh sure, OC is "alcohol free." It is "America's Family Resort" because people fly in from all over the country to come here instead of Disney World. Some people here live in some sort of fantasy land.
xlr8by January 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM
I agree with Southender, having spent decades beachfront in the South End, I have to ask what the heck is going on with everything that has been done the last year and a half since Sandy. They have constructed a massive "Berm" of solid sand that has a questionable make up (I have found debris, rocks, wood, nails, etc. all inside the berm, of which people walk on like a path), During the summer they began to erect a fence only to stop and then leave the posts for what practically was 6 months until just recently they now erected a massive fence, a purpose which I can't figure out as it appears unreasonably high and view obstructing. Looking back on my posts from a year ago, I asked PLEASE let's all get on the same page before anything is done and I was berated by a number of people for saying "We need protection, etc. etc." Is anyone happy with what is currently in front of their houses? I am not and would have actually preferred nothing, as I have been sweeping massive amount s of sand off my deck and walkway all year as a result of this berm and as the photos show it really can't provide much protection either.... I had no dune in front of my house for decades until the 2000's. Joseph I agree with your post as well, I literally would prefer this city do NOTHING, as most things never appear to bring a positive impact to my experience. Their zoning changes were supposed to make the city better, I haven't seen it. In fact, I find the trees they make people plant at the ends of their driveway a detriment as it becomes an obstruction trying to walk on the sidewalk around cars that hang out of driveways. How about the strips of grass now required to be in driveways, that end up looking dead and yellow by July each year, I much preferred a full paver driveway, etc. Or how about the lot coverage criteria that basically means a bedroom is about the size of a compact car? I love Ocean City and am heavily invested hear both with money, time, friends, and memories, but I know it can and should be better.
Kathy O'Connor January 11, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Clearly, we cannot count on this administration to keep the south end of Ocean City safe. Last year truck loads of debris filled dirt were dumped on our beaches in lieu of a real replenishment. Instead of the replenishment that we should have gotten and could have gotten, we got truck loads of dangerous, construction debris filled dirt. Tax payers picked up the bill for that awful stuff too. Our tax dollars wasted and did we ever get a satisfactory explanation of why our beaches were filled with dirt and construction debris? N0 we did not. Maybe we are grateful for an attempt to help, but really, is that the best a million dollars of tax money can buy? There is a dangerous situation here that should have been addressed and could have been addressed with an add on to the north end replenishment but that idea was dismissed without so much as an investigation. Now here we are - AGAIN and this is not about little Suzie playing volleyball on the beach - this is about the protection of infrastructure and it is deadly serious. I know people who rent properties count on that rental income and that is another very important issue for owners. This situation calls for decisive and aggressive action on the part of our Mayor. I wonder if he is up to the task. And if this situation existed down by the good old boardwalk, would we even have to say a word before drastic action would be taken and the problem solved?
Eric Sauder February 04, 2014 at 02:07 AM
I missed this post. People say I'm too critical and maybe that's why I started avoiding the Mayor's addresses because invariably they set me off. Its not like it didn't cost the City a lot of money to truck sand and maintain those berms and I can't help but think that it would have been money better spent on beach replenishment, even if it meant a local / state project We're still nowhere with it and I do empathize with the residents on the South end of the island and I know what it means to them. These were good comments and what is encouraging to me is that other people are beginning to realize what the effect is of these new building requirements. What it will mean for a lot of property owners is a loss of value for being non-conforming, an increased cost of compliance, and or the likelihood that more and more property owners will sell out to developers. You can't go around changing zoning without sensitivity to the effect it will have on existing property owners. We should have done the minimum necessary. If I had a home at base flood I'd rather bear the expense of higher insurance premiums than be forced to elevate. Its not FEMA that is forcing the issue its the City. And it seems to me people are finally beginning to figure out what it all means.
Eric Sauder February 04, 2014 at 02:12 AM
I believe all the things we "can't do" result from the things we didn't do. "Can't" too often means "don't want to" or "didn't do."

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