Saturday, March 2, 2013
The limit will change from 35 mph to 30 mph between 34th and 24th streets.
The speed limit on Bay Avenue between 34th and 24th streets will change from 35 mph to 30 mph to increase safety on that heavily traveled stretch of Ocean City. Ocean City Business Administrator Mike Dattilo told City Council on Thursday that the change had been confirmed by Cape May County, which oversees the route. Fourth Ward Councilman Pete Guinosso said on Saturday that he anticipated the change to take place as soon as new signs could be placed. Speed limits in front of the Ocean City Intermediate School near 18th Street will remain 25 mph during school hours. In a related matter, Guinosso announced a public forum 7 p.m. March 6 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to discuss traffic patterns and traffic safety in the same area. Many …
Friday, March 1, 2013
City will seek beach easements for south end, pay $55,000 in legal costs related to an Ethics Board finding, pay $5.8 million for road and other improvements.
At a public meeting Thursday at the Ocean City Free Public Library, City Council heard an update on beach replenishment projects in Ocean City and saw a presentation on plan to revive a marina, fuel dock and seafood restaurant on the bay at 10th Street. But here are five other things that might be of interest.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Beach replenishment update, rehab at old Dan's Dockside site, legal bills for Ethics Board case, lots of road repair, and a Special Improvement District vote.
City Council has a full agenda its public meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Ocean City Free Public Library, but here are five things that might be of special interest. (See attached PDF for supporting documentation for all agenda items.)
Friday, February 15, 2013
Council approves millions to fix roads, replace dunes and repair public buildings.
At Thursday's public City Council meeting at the Ocean City Free Public Library, south-end neighbors pleaded for sand for their eroded beaches, the city administration delivered a draft budget that calls for only a 1 percent tax levy increase, Mayor Jay Gillian offered his annual budget address and City Council hired a consultant to make sure FEMA's base flood elevation map reflects reality. But here are five other things that might be of interest.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Main Street Ocean City cuts executive director, $1.6 million in road repairs and re-synced traffic signals.
At Thursday's public meeting, City Council approved more than $5 million in spending and borrowing that will help widen Ocean City beaches and rebuild dunes, and council balked at revising a zoning ordinance amid the uncertainty of an announcement by Gov. Chris Christie adopting new flood elevation requirements. But here are five other things that might be of interest:
Friday, January 18, 2013
The city administration outlines a $50 million plan to improve infrastructure over five years.
Mayor Jay Gillian's administration on Thursday outlined a $50 million commitment to completing a to-do list of long-neglected projects: roads that don't drain, lagoons with no water, a warped and splintered boardwalk, bulkheads that fail to hold back the bay and a host of other public facilities in disrepair. The administration presented a five-year capital plan to City Council at a public workshop meeting Jan. 17 at the Ocean City Free Public Library. Gillian has said he'll make a priority of infrastructure improvements that were too often ignored in the past. The presentation also included a list of projects related to Superstorm Sandy, which left widespread damage across Ocean City when it struck on Oct. 29. Business Administrator Mike …
Friday, December 7, 2012
City Council considers a five-year plan for capital improvements.
The city administration on Thursday evening outlined an ambitious five-year plan to fix roads, beaches and boardwalk in Ocean City. At a public workshop meeting, City Council got its first glimpse of proposed capital spending for 2013 to 2017. The plan — still subject to item-by-item approval by council through the next several years — suggests spending $24 million to improve paving and drainage on Ocean City streets, $7.2 million to replace the Boardwalk between Fifth and 12th streets, and $3.7 million to widen beaches and deepen bayside lagoons. At the same time, the city will be using federal disaster relief money to repair damage from the Oct. 29 Superstorm Sandy (see detail). Some of the repair projects and regularly planned …
Friday, October 19, 2012
City Council considers a five-year plan that would dramatically increase infrastructure investments.
Mayor Jay Gillian's administration is proposing to more than double its investment in road and drainage improvements over the next five years — from an estimated $11.3 million to about $24 million. Senior staff members outlined a plan in a presentation to City Council at a budget workshop on Thursday. Council is in the early stages of drafting next year's municipal budget, which would include funding for any capital projects. The recommended five-year plan would fix every road in the city rated 60 or lower on the city's pavement rating system (see an explanation of the ratings and a ratings map). "The timing is right to really get at the roads and drainage," Business Administrator Mike Dattilo said. He said the administration is …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Check to see if your street is high on the priority list for repairs. Look for an updated Master Plan and more.
Ocean City Business Administrator Mike Dattilo reported that an updated version of the Master Plan Re-Examination is posted on the City of Ocean City website in advance of the Wednesday, Oct. 17 meeting when it could be approved by the Planning Board. He also said an updated Road Ratings report is posted. The rating system determines priorities for street improvements in Ocean City. City Council approved the final reading of an amended ordinance that requires irrigation system workers to be "properly licensed." The local ordinance mimics a state regulation but gives Ocean City the teeth to enforce it. Violations will be punishable by a $250 fine for a first offense and subsequent $500 fines. City Council voted unanimously to appropriate $…
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
We're creating a map and photo gallery of flooding in Ocean City.
When a thunderstorm dumped a couple inches of rain on Ocean City in a relatively quick cloudburst on Saturday afternoon (Aug. 11), there was nowhere for the water to drain. The tide was high, and water met water in the storm drain system. The result: many of Ocean City's streets were left underwater. Through our website and Facebook page, Ocean City residents and visitors submitted some dramatic photos of the brief storm's aftermath (see gallery above). The images show children swimming and cars sinking in the streets. Flooding is a way of life on the low-lying barrier island of Ocean City. Storms blow ocean and bay water over dunes and bulkheads. Full and new moons sometimes send water bubbling backwards through the storm-drain system. …