Ocean City Mayor's Report: Beach Safety

The Ocean City Beach Patrol produced a video about safety that runs frequently on Channel 97.

Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian posted the following statement cautioning city residents and visitors about beach safety on the city's website this week:

Dear Friends,  

I would like to wish everyone a safe and healthy Independence Day weekend. 

I hope that you and your families enjoy all of the wonderful activities, special events, shops and dining that Ocean City has to offer, but please keep safety in mind whether on the beach, in the car, on your bicycles or walking the downtown and boardwalk.  

I ask all of you to only swim at protected beaches.  For the protection of your family please strictly adhere to the following reminders:
  • Only swim at guarded beaches.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Never drink alcohol before swimming.
  • Always respect the power of the ocean and become knowledgeable about its dangers, especially rip tides.
We are expecting stronger than usual rip tides this weekend.  An informational video regarding rip tides has been produced by the Beach Patrol and can be seen frequently on Ocean City’s Channel 97. 

I encourage you to view this video with your family to better understand how these dangerous conditions occur and what you should do if ever caught in a rip tide.  

I also hope everyone enjoys the boardwalk fireworks show this weekend, which has now been rescheduled to Saturday, July 5 at 9:30 PM. 

Please leave fireworks to the professionals, and I ask that for safety’s sake that you and you families do not ignite pyrotechnics on your own.  
I wish you and your family a safe and fun filled Fourth of July weekend.   

Warm regards,  

Jay A. Gillian Mayor

Maggie Stern July 06, 2014 at 09:39 AM
Vic………first of all saying that I think OC should have offered a kind word to the family who lost a son so horrifcally is not negative. Is it because he was a black boy from Phila and not a white child from a suburban area that YOU seem so against a kind word?????
vic July 06, 2014 at 10:59 AM
nice, Maggie, now you're instilling race into your negativity.
OC4EVER July 06, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Maggie - I am not a Gillian fan but I think he was right on this one. He did offer a moment of prayer at the swearing in ceremony. That was appropriate. Not in a letter on the patch.
Frank July 06, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Maggie just because he did not offer a kind word in this letter does not mean he did not in other venues as I stated before...you simply find fault with everything - typical Ocean City negativity!
Lindsey July 07, 2014 at 10:14 AM
Maggie -- who is to say that he didn't offer them any kind words in private? The boy's family has stayed out of the news for the most part during this whole ordeal... perhaps that's how they want it to remain and the city is respecting their wishes.


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