August 23, 2013
Some quick updates:
As has been reported by some local media today, we expect to see the revised “Preliminary Working Maps” from FEMA early next week. As I’ve mentioned in prior updates, the City has been proactively gathering data and sharing information with FEMA ever since the Advisory Base Flood Elevation Maps were released in the hopes that the new set of maps will be more realistic and accurate. FEMA will be advising us on the next steps in the map development process. The City will issue further information on this subject as soon as it is known.
The contractor for the bay and lagoon dredging has been unable to complete the project. We are discussing all possible options with the contractor and others to have the project completed. In the meantime I have directed that the dredge pipes be removed from the bay since they are sitting unused. That removal is expected to be complete in 7-10 days.
The Administration is reviewing the public input provided at a recent community forum on safe biking held by Bike OCNJ. Our capital plan includes funding for several key components of the effort to establish a safe bike corridor the length of the island. You will be hearing more about this effort in the weeks ahead.
I would like to thank Tom Gill and his family who have stepped in and addressed some hazardous and unsightly conditions at the former Dan’s Dock site at 10th Street and the bay. The property is currently under the control of two out of state banks. As has been discussed publicly, the Gill family hopes to purchase and redevelop the site into an active marina operation with associated businesses. In the meantime, the site was falling in greater and greater disrepair. The Administration had begun the steps necessary to fund and undertake the required repairs to make the property safe. Had this occurred, a lien would have been placed on the property and the funds would have been returned to the taxpayers when the property ultimately sold. Thanks to the Gill family this will now not be necessary.
- At last evening’s City Council Meeting the Ocean City Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Sports made a presentation about the “Breathe Easy Campaign.” The Advisory Council is suggesting a local ordinance prohibiting smoking at any local park, ball field or playground. I support such an Ordinance and this campaign.
Finally, we received a pleasant reminder this week of what a great community we have. New Jersey Monthly has named Ocean City one of the Top 100 places to live. We were the only town in Cape May, Atlantic or Ocean Counties to be in the top 100. Our great school system is also highly rated.
Have a great weekend!
Jay A. Gillian