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Housing Agency Considers New Tactic to Build Ocean City Project

For the third time in 10 months, the Ocean City Housing Authority has rejected construction bids for a proposed 60-unit affordable housing development and will now use a different tactic to try to hire a contractor.

Shuttered Ocean City Condo Complex Hits Market for $7 Million

A troubled Ocean City condominium complex closed since April because of structural problems is now up for sale for $7 million and is being pitched as a development site. The Seaspray Condominiums are currently surrounded by a chain-link fence cutting off access to the 32-unit property at the corner of 34th Street and Bay Avenue in the south end of town.

Ocean City Council Reorganizes Amid Drama Over Vote for President

During what is normally a ceremonial unanimous vote, there was some drama at City Council’s annual reorganization meeting Monday when two members of the governing body voted against the appointment of Council President Pete Madden.

Rotondi Leaves Council in Latest Change to Ocean City’s Government

Continuing the post-election shakeup in Ocean City’s government, Councilman Tom Rotondi said goodbye Thursday during his last meeting as a member of City Council. Rotondi, who represented the Second Ward, decided not to seek a new term in the May 14 municipal election. He is leaving after serving one four-year term.

Jason Kelce, Other Eagles Mobbed by Fans During Sea Isle Appearance

By now, Jason Kelce must have a serious case of writer’s cramp. He was mobbed by hundreds of Philadelphia Eagles fans clamoring for his autograph on their jerseys, hats, footballs and sneakers. One fan even had a Kelce tattoo on his leg that he wanted the newly retired All-Pro and Pro-Bowl center to sign. Kelce made a grand entrance at O’Donnell’s Pour House for a celebrity bartending role in the fourth year of the Eagles Autism Foundation fundraiser in Sea Isle City on Wednesday evening.

Van Drew Breezes, While Salerno Leads in Close Democratic Primary

U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, seeking his fourth term in Congress representing South Jersey, cruised to the Republican nomination without facing any opposition in Tuesday night’s primary. In a surprise, political newcomer Joseph Salerno was holding off Tim Alexander in a close race for the Democratic nomination and the right to face Van Drew in the November general election.

Ocean City Remains Safe, Despite Rowdy Weekend, Mayor Says

Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian is warning troublemaking teenagers to stay away from the resort community following a rowdy Memorial Day weekend tainted by a stabbing, fights, shoplifting and other crimes committed by groups of juveniles roaming the Boardwalk. “The incidents this Memorial Day weekend were unacceptable,” Gillian said during a Boardwalk news conference Thursday attended by local, county and state elected officials in a show of support for Ocean City. At the same time, Gillian and Police Chief Bill Campbell repeatedly sought to reassure the public that Ocean City remains a safe, welcoming and family-friendly vacation destination poised for a successful summer tourism season.

Construction Bids for Ocean City Housing Project Exceed $23 Million

Hoping to get the project back on track after months of delays, the Ocean City Housing Authority opened construction bids Wednesday for a proposed 60-unit affordable housing development on Fourth Street. Three construction bids were received ranging from $23.7 million by Epic Management Inc. of Piscataway, N.J., $24.6 million by Gary F. Gardner Inc. of Medford, N.J., and $28.3 million by Costanza Builders Inc. of Mount Laurel, N.J. Jacqueline Jones, the housing authority’s executive director, said the agency would not comment on the bids until they have been fully evaluated.

Wind Farm Opponents Vow to “Stay in the Fight”

Opponents of offshore wind energy farms warned during a rally Saturday in Ocean City that the legal battle is far from over in their efforts to prevent what they called the “industrialization of our ocean.” Last year, the Danish energy company Orsted scrapped plans to build two wind farms off the South Jersey coast after concluding that the projects would not be worth the enormous development cost. However, opponents stressed during the rally that Orsted still holds the leases giving it rights to build the wind farms and could either revive them or sell them to another company that would develop the projects.

Owners at Closed Ocean City Condo Complex Appeal for Help

Frustrated owners at the shuttered Seaspray Condominiums appealed to Ocean City officials Thursday to get the complex reopened for the summer vacation season. For now, red tags have been slapped on the condo complex at 34th Street and Bay Avenue declaring that the buildings are currently “unsafe for human occupancy.”