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The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory in effect for Ocean City from 6 p.m. to midnight on Thursday. Water levels are expected to peak in the hours around high tide on the bay side of Ocean City at 8:07 p.m. Forecasters project a tide of 5.5 feet on the mean low water scale (MLW). This projection falls just above the threshold for “minor” tidal flooding.
Cape May County is reporting no new daily cases of COVID-19 for the first time since April 5. “People have taken great personal responsibility in keeping safe and we have seen the results,” Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton said in a press release Wednesday. “As we continue to open up our state, we ask people to continue to be smart about keeping six feet distance or wearing a mask when proper social distancing can’t take place.”
Mayor Jay Gillian issued a statement Tuesday noting that the Black Lives Matter protest in Ocean City was peaceful. "It was an example of how different people can come together to send an important message," Gillian said. His entire statement follows.
Cape May County reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, but no new deaths. The total number of coronavirus cases in the county stands at 639, including 49 deaths, according to a press release. Meanwhile, New Jersey will be allowed to reopen with restrictions on June 15 as the state prepares to enter Stage 2 of its recovery from the pandemic. Beginning on June 15, outdoor dining at restaurants can begin, as can non-essential in-person retail.
Following is a statement from Mayor Jay Gillian: The Ocean City Police Department has received information that a protest is being planned for Tuesday as part of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Police are investigating further, coordinating with several other agencies and preparing for any potential situation. As we receive additional information, we will inform the public.
A car accident backed up traffic on the Route 52 Causeway bridge into Ocean City on Saturday. Police Department spokesman Lt. Pat Randles said no one was injured in the 1:55 p.m. crash at the intersection of Ninth Street and Bay Avenue, at the foot of the bridge.
Mayor Jay Gillian discusses the city's proposed 2020 municipal budget, which keeps local property taxes the same. The city "went back to the drawing board" after the coronavirus pandemic struck and made cuts and other adjustments in the budget to avoid a tax increase, the mayor says in a statement. City Council introduced the budget Thursday night and has scheduled a final vote on June 25. The mayor's entire statement follows.
An 85-year-old man from Middle Township has died from COVID-19, the Cape May County Department of Health reported Friday in the latest update on the number of coronavirus cases. Six more residents have been infected by the virus, bringing the total number of cases countywide to 622. Altogether, there have been 48 deaths in the county, including 38 in long-term care living centers.