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Ocean City Mayoral Candidate Wants to Put Brakes on Parking Problem

Ocean City mayoral candidate John Flood believes he has a way to help ease the parking crunch that forces drivers to spend “many hours circling the block” in search of open spaces. Flood, a former councilman who is challenging Mayor Jay Gillian in the May 8 municipal election, said his plan would create more than 750 parking spaces at little or no additional cost to the city. “As I am walking the city and knocking on doors, I find the one thing most people in Ocean City continue to agree on is the need for more parking,” Flood said in a press release Thursday. “I have watched the mayor and Council kick this around for years, talk about parking garages, etc. And while we continue to struggle and spend many hours circling the block looking for a parking space...

Four South Jersey Leaders Honored by Ocean City Democratic Club

Former Ambassador and Congressman Bill Hughes was invited to the annual scholarship awards dinner of the Ocean City Democratic Club on Wednesday night under the guise that he would honor his close friend, Ed Salmon. Meanwhile, Salmon, who also has a long history in politics and public service, showed up at the dinner thinking that he was going to present an award to Hughes. Much to their surprise, it was not until the middle of the program at the Tuckahoe Inn that it was revealed that both Hughes and Salmon were among four South Jersey luminaries being honored by the Democratic Club...

Ocean City Housing Authority Approves Smoking Ban

Those “No Smoking” signs commonly seen in buildings throughout New Jersey are nowhere to be found at the Ocean City Housing Authority. Currently, residents of the Bayview Manor and Pecks Beach Village housing complexes managed by the authority are allowed to light up in their rooms and other parts of the buildings, officials said. However, the authority’s board members approved a new policy Tuesday that will ban smoking throughout the buildings starting July 1. The authority took the action to comply with federal smoke-free guidelines...

Meet John Flood, Candidate for Ocean City Mayor

John Flood is promising voters that he will have a transparent government, a stronger partnership with City Council and an open-door policy with the public in his campaign to become Ocean City’s next mayor. Born and raised in Ocean City, the 65-year-old Flood is stressing his family’s longtime ties to the resort town, his business experience and his years of public service as a former councilman and former member of the Library Board of Directors...

“Top Dog” Erik Estrada Leads Basset Hound Brigade in Ocean City’s...

Was this a mass protest against Ocean City’s “No dogs on the Boardwalk” edict? Hundreds of basset hounds in all their squat-legged, droopy eyed glory took over the Boardwalk on Saturday afternoon much to the amusement of thousands of spectators. At the head of the basset hound brigade was the self-proclaimed “top dog,” none other than Erik Estrada, who gained fame in the 1970s and ’80s playing Frank “Ponch” Poncharello in the TV police drama “CHiPS.”...

New Features Coming to Ocean City Vacation App

Just in time for summer, Ocean City is expanding its tourist-friendly vacation app to allow users to buy beach tags and concert tickets simply with a touch on their mobile devices. New features being added to the app also include geofencing, which tracks users and alerts them to such things as special events and sales at local businesses when they are in town. Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, noted that the app is another way the resort is using technology to market and advertise itself to visitors...

Nancy Hughes Honored for Devotion to Ocean City

Throughout his long and distinguished career in politics and public service, there was one constant in the life of former Congressman and Ambassador Bill Hughes – Nancy, his wife of 61 years, was always there by his side, Hughes recalled. Nancy Hughes, who died in January at 82 years old, was fondly remembered Thursday night for her devotion to her husband, her children and her grandchildren and her dedication to her beloved Ocean City, her home for more than 55 years. “Nancy loved Ocean City. I don’t have to tell you that,” Bill Hughes said during a ceremony in her memory at Thursday’s City Council meeting...

Gillian Touts His Achievements, Community Partnerships in Campaign Speech

With just four weeks to go before the election, Mayor Jay Gillian broadly sketched out the accomplishments of his eight years in office during a speech Thursday that highlighted the “best” of Ocean City. Gillian did not mention his opponent in the mayoral race, former Councilman John Flood, but his campaign speech before the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce had clear political implications leading up to the May 8 municipal election...

Tree Giveaway in Ocean City Helps Replace Those Lost During Hurricane...

Six years later, Mary Lou Hayes still becomes emotional thinking about the beautiful Leyland cypress trees at her 31st Street home in Ocean City that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy’s fierce winds and raging flood waters. “I’m going to cry,” Hayes said, wiping away tears. “It was so sad, because this town used to be covered with trees.” Hayes, though, was one of the volunteers Monday in Ocean City who participated in a state-sponsored seedling giveaway that is helping communities across New Jersey slowly replace some of the trees damaged or lost to the hurricane’s fury in October 2012...

Wait No More, 34th Street Bridge Project Nearly Done

Whenever the traffic lights on the 34th Street Bridge turn red, an electronic message sign warns drivers that they will have to wait up to five minutes. The frustration of being stuck there for so long is exacerbated when the sign begins counting down, second by agonizing second, during the final minute. “Sixty, 59, 58, 57 …” The wait seems interminable until the countdown hits zero and the light finally flashes green, allowing motorists to get underway again...