Letter From Mayor: Help Spread the Word That 'We Are Ready'

In a letter to the public, Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian asks citizens to be 'ambassadors' for Ocean City.


On the City of Ocean City website, Mayor Jay Gillian posted his weekly letter to citizens on Friday. It asks the public to become "ambassadors" for the city by spreading the word that Ocean City is ready for summer visitors.

April 5, 2013

Dear Friends,

How great was this past weekend? It was wonderful to see the crowds on the Boardwalk and Asbury Avenue and all of the families at our Easter weekend events.  For anyone who has not yet visited Ocean City, we’re ready for your stay, come see for yourself. 

The Tourism Development Commission recently launched a new advertising campaign for Ocean City that touts, “We Are Ready.” And my administration continues to “get ready” for our visitors with improvements and preparations island-wide.

Beginning Monday, trucks will be delivering sand to the south end of the island, while the pumping continues at the north end. We continue to work on infrastructure and improve our roadways and drainage. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience with traffic detours and restricted beach access as we complete these projects and assure the safety of our residents and visitors.

I expect we will see visitors this year who may have typically vacationed in some of the beaches to our north. My heart goes out to the residents in those communities and mayors who are still dealing with storm damage, but I recognize that we have a great opportunity to show off Ocean City to potential new guests.

That is why I would like to take this time to ask each of you to show “we are ready” for our visitors by becoming an ambassador for Ocean City. We all feel a strong connection to Ocean City and sharing that connection and our love of Ocean City with those who come to visit will only enhance our visitor’s experience. 

I would like to thank everyone for all of the hard work in preparation for the start of the summer season.  I look forward to working cooperatively as a community of ambassadors for America’s Greatest Family Resort. 

Warm regards,

Jay A. Gillian


Eric Sauder April 07, 2013 at 05:11 PM
BF + 2 was an attempt by the developers to codify greater building height and selling points like 9 foot ceilings. Some of us close to the threshold would rather pay a little extra in flood insurance or go withour it instead of being forced to elevate. It was Mr. Hartzell who you appeal to that stated in a council meeting that the intent was to "increase the building envelope."
sick of south end neglect April 07, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Mayor Gillian means that the boardwalk is ready and the north end beaches are ready --- he doesn't really care if the south end is ready or not. He didn't care last fall when he was offered an "add on" by the Army Corps of Engineers to add on to the north end project. Not important - just following the same old line - take south end tax money and use it for the benefit of the north end . And when our beaches are washed away and our homes are at risk, dump some truck loads of sand and cross your fingers that everyone will shut up -- guess what --- people are outraged and will stay outraged until there is adequate beach replenishment -- you know - just like the north end beaches in front of the boardwalk and Gillians Fun Deck!
Eric Sauder April 07, 2013 at 05:21 PM
I think that is waht it means to be "open for business." Although it would be remiss not to point out that the City did clean up the streets all over the island.
oclocal1 April 07, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Frank nothing is owed to me in anyway at all! However let me ask you this Frank. Do you feel it was right to send the city vehicles to marmora at the tune of 21,000 for oil changes and details when there were local repair and detail shops open in our city???? Do You think it is ok that doug walker's contract many months early was renewed? Do you think the law was broken here Frank? Answer please
Eric Sauder April 07, 2013 at 06:52 PM
The problem is with no bid contracts in general. I suspect its about to blow up in someone's face.
Jean April 07, 2013 at 08:45 PM
yes, frank, we know for a fact; fact one- last fall, pre sandy, the city had the opportunity to add the southend on to the north end project. the answer was, no. fact 2- senator jeff van drew has told more than one resident that the mayor said he does not want emergency state funding, as the mayor thinks it might jeopardize a federal plan. fact 3- the city did not look into a dredging project for the southend post sandy. they ONLY want a federal project as that is the cheapest method. they have no proof of making any attempts to dredge the southend. all they have done is sit and wait for a federal project. yesterday at a nice "low" high tide, with calm seas, the ocean was 25 feet from the base of the pile of gravel/dirt/sand. once the city makes this a more gradual slope so that people can actually get over this pile, the ocean will be even closer. add the dune fence and now you are left with what for a beach????
Wyatt April 07, 2013 at 09:26 PM
How come "Summer Resident" whose comments led this string off expressing similar views gets a pass? But that's OK, as a shoobie I've been called worse by lOCals. But its intriguing with those views that you bother reading my observations, much less find them deserving of comment. You might want to consider that where there's smoke there's fire, that I'm not the only one who senses such feelings by the lOCals, that those of us shoobies noticing there are lOCals who wish we weren't here to annoy them, but who want us to keep our cash flow coming to town, have reasons for such feelings.
Sam April 07, 2013 at 09:43 PM
That federal money will build dunes and bulkheads and lower our Flood insurance and protect the Island. All if it!!! But I have not heard that the City is persuing those funds! There is a pervasive lack of transparency , which leaves the taxpayers bickering among themselves and wondering what the Mayor is hiding.
oclocal1 April 07, 2013 at 09:47 PM
It is time for second homeowners to be able to vote. It is time for the boy's club to end! It is time to put the everyday concerned citizen on council. It is time for the north,south,east and west home owners who pay there taxes to be treated equal! It is time to vote in 2014 and I hope we get the old out and the new in! Two year terms tops it should be the law!
Frank April 07, 2013 at 10:29 PM
I am not commenting on those issue because I do not know the facts. I realize this is a novel idea for most of you (and South Jersey)
Frank April 07, 2013 at 10:31 PM
oclocal1 - A word of advice: You should learn to accept the things you can not change!
Jesse April 08, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Frank: if everyone was like you, nothing would ever change, or get accomplished. So sit back, and let others who have the intelligence, the backbone and the where with all, get things done. You are a cheer leader for the mayor, and whoppee for you. I hope he gives you free rides on the merry go round this summer
Frank April 08, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Jesse - If you believe complaining on The Patch is "getting things done" you are sadly mistaken. I have news for you...no one really cares what the few unintelligent, uniformed people have to say on this site. I would rather be a "cheer leader" (as you so eloquently stated) then be negative, complaining, and problematic.
Kathryn Thomas April 08, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Eric, I don't think anyone in the construction office is checking building permit aps against tax records and the insurance adjusters aren't copying them on damage estimates. Unless those 2 documents are compared, there is no "substantial damage" to justify a requirement to raise your house. I was granted approval to repair my home with no problem. It was only when I submitted my tax assessment and the adjuster's estimate of damages, specifically to verify that substantial damage had occurred so I could qualify for an ICC Grant, that the city became aware of the extent of the damage to my home. Then, of course, I was "required" to raise it but that was my intent anyway. I have no problem with going up to BFE + 2 because it isn't going to cost much more than BFE or BFE + 1 and it's 1 - 2 more feet of insurance against my ever having to tear out work I painstakingly did with my own hands 9 years ago. However, if I were 10 or 15 years older and my mortgage were paid off I would have canceled my flood insurance and done what I could to flood proof my house right where it is. You're right however that if someone wants to do more than just repair their flood damage or if they ever want to do more in the future, they have to bring the whole thing up to code. The same thing happened to me this time around with setbacks & % impervious surface. Life is about compromise. You weigh your options, make a decision based on what matters the most to you , and then just go for it.
Fun afloat April 08, 2013 at 04:34 AM
I agree that the city needs to get some solid information out about the grants for elevating homes. What is the CBD Grant?
Eric Sauder April 08, 2013 at 04:56 AM
I want to make a clarification. That is what I heard and how I understood it. Hartzell could have meant something else (I don't know.)
Eric Sauder April 08, 2013 at 05:02 AM
Of the beach replenishment that was done lately (Strathmere and Avalon) it was all local / state. I believe something similar has to happen here. I don't know that the south end can wait for the feds. I agree with Jean that WE need to move.
Eric Sauder April 08, 2013 at 05:03 AM
Second home owners should have representation. If they can't vote for a representative one should be appointed.
Eric Sauder April 08, 2013 at 05:16 AM
Yeah if you have to raise your home it matters little how much. I'm concerned about the people that otherwise wouldn't have had to elevate (those at BF + 1). And I heard too the the city was relaxing its requirements, and I think that's good. I sent an email to the Mayor and business adminsitrator some months ago to the effect that the City needs to do what it can to get people back into their homes, and that elevation requirements should be subordinate to it. It sounds like you're thinking of an ICC grant. Just be aware that the conditions of receiving that money are that you will maintain flood insurance (at whatever they elect to charge for it) as long as you own your home, and that it also places a deed restriction on your property that will be passed on to the next owner. What I just found out a couple of days ago is that they can actually try to recover the ICC money if you fail to comply. If it were me I don't know that I'd accept the ICC money. Over time you could wind up paying thru the nose for it.
Kathryn Thomas April 08, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Eric, no, I did not know about a deed restriction or indefinite requirement for flood insurance with an ICC Grant. I do know that's true, however for a Small Business Association loan (for the life of the loan anyway) - and why I turned it down. Thanks for the 'heads up,' I'll check with the adjuster about it. I am a tenacious reader of fine print but none has been presented yet.
Jess April 08, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Frank -what are you doing on the Patch? You never make a point, you never have anything of substance to say and all you do is tell people to accept things the way they are - do nothing and don't complain. People commenting who have information to make available to those reading the Patch are just as relevant as the authors of the articles. If there is a valid point to be made - it is not complaining, it is passing along information. You say nothing, you do nothing but criticize anyone who has anything to say. Some people on here are "uninformed" and unintelligent but what is intelligent about your advice to "accept what you cannot change?" As a matter of fact, things can be changed but not by the likes of you. Stop criticizing everyone who comments here with your inane remarks. You are a big waste, "Frank" a huge waste of space.
Eric Sauder April 08, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Yeah I read the application. I'm pretty sure it was for ICC money. The person that gave me a copy of the application had stated as much and I believe it was also reported in an article in shorenewstoday (Cindy Nevitt.)
Eric Sauder April 08, 2013 at 09:51 PM
I regret that is your experience Wyatt. I can only reiterate what I stated before. We don't all feel that way.
Frank April 08, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Jess...the last thing I will say to you is if I am a "waste of space" then you are a miserable, problematic person. You have no idea what I might contribute to this community. However, you and I can agree on one point, it is a waste of time for me to be on here. You have convinced me and for that I thank you.
jess April 08, 2013 at 11:26 PM
that's wonderful, Frank I thank you for your contribution to the communtiy - whatever you are doing - and for getting off the Patch because your constant criticism is detrimental to this forum
oclocal1 April 08, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Frank you seem to know the facts about everything else so don't ignore me answer the question! Do you feel the law was broken here? Don't run frank answer the question since you seem to know everything.
Frank April 09, 2013 at 12:27 AM
oh...I am detrimental to this forum? why because I am not negative and problematic? how funny???? I leave you to your misery.
Frank April 09, 2013 at 12:28 AM
I never said I know everything. I do not know if it was or was not. I am honestly not interested in that topic.
oclocal1 April 09, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Well frank it has been explained to you by more then just me! Any thing over 17,000.500 dollars by law must be put out to bid! It was not! And in there own words :chuckie is our friend". Frank it's not hard the law was broke!!!!!!!!!!!
Frank April 09, 2013 at 12:48 AM
ok...ok...got it!


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