The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business Summit on Thursday, and this year it included a presentation from a new Economic Development Committee.
The group includes representatives from all segments of the community, and they have spent the year conducting an analysis of changes, strengths and weaknesses in the local marketplace. By identifying and explaining the factors that could affect all of us, this committee hopes to assist public and private organizations to a build stronger and healthier economy.
We all live in a world that is changing quickly. Now, more than ever, it’s important to prepare for the future. For businesses and investors from the beach to the bay, Ocean City’s economy has been remarkably resilient over the decades. Thursday’s reports were all positive. But I want to thank this committee for its important work in making sure it remains that way for decades to come. I hope to see the group’s reports become an ongoing resource for everybody in town.
A neighborhood meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at a location still to be determined. The purpose of the meeting is for the city to detail the potential process for residents to conduct private boat slip dredging in Carnival Bayou, Sunny Harbor and South Harbor this fall. The mechanical dredge contractor for Sunny Harbor and South Harbor and the hydraulic contractor for Carnival Bayou will be present at the meeting. The contractors are authorized to conduct private dredging of slips in advance of a Dec. 1 cutoff date in accordance with contract requirements. The presentation will include an update on the project timelines and information on the application process.
Everybody is encouraged to attend to learn more. Residents on these lagoons will receive a letter with a confirmed location and it will be announced here, on www.ocnj.us and in the local media. Anybody who is unable to attend will be able to find information from the meeting at www.ocnj.us/Capital-Projects-Bay.
I want to remind you all again that the 34th Street Bridge will be closed overnight from 10 p.m. Monday (Oct. 9) through 5 a.m. Tuesday. The redecking project is going to resume next week, and the bridge closing will allow crews to set up the single-lane alternating traffic pattern that will be in effect through the off-season.
It looks like we’re going to have good weather for our Fall Block Party 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 7) on Asbury Avenue. All parking in town (meters and municipal lots) is now free. I encourage everybody to come down to the Avenue to enjoy this event.
We’re also holding our sem-annual paper-shredding and household cleanup day 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Shelter Road Recycling Center. See more information here.
I hope you all have a great holiday weekend.
Jay A. Gillian