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83-Year-Old Ocean City Man Dies After Collision With SUV

An Ocean City pedestrian died as a result of a collision with a motor vehicle at 11:28 a.m. Jan. 13. John Francis Wilson Jr., 83, of Ocean City, suffered head trauma and was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, where he later died of his injuries, according to a city news release Tuesday.

Special Weather Statement: Flood Advisory

The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for Ocean City in effect from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday. A Wind Advisory also remains in effect through 3 a.m. Monday. East winds of 20 mph to 30 mph gusting to 45 mph are expected to contribute to “minor” coastal flooding.

Berkshire Hathaway Honors Sales Associates

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors salutes sales associates in the Cape May County offices for being the office leaders for December. The names of office leaders in Ocean City, Sea Isle City and Avalon follow.

O.C. Girls Basketball Loses to Middle Twp.

The Ocean City girls basketball team went to the wire with visiting Middle Township in a tight 46-43 loss Friday night. Sophomore Hannah Cappelletti led the way for Ocean City with 12 points, all coming from three-pointers. Senior Marin Panico added 10 points, with five fellow Raiders contributing to the stat sheet.

Mayor’s Message: Jan. 14

Mayor Jay Gillian says Ocean City will commission a study on possibly building a parking deck in town. The study comes at the request of Council members and Boardwalk and downtown business owners. "Until we get an idea of what it might cost, where it might be built, and what it might earn, it’s impossible to know if this should be a priority among our infrastructure needs. As always, we will gather the facts first," the mayor said Friday in his weekly message to the public. His entire message follows.

AARP to Host “Livable Communities/Aging in Place” Forum Jan. 21

Krista Fitzsimmons, of the Cape May County Division of Aging, will present information on services that her agency provides to assist senior citizens to stay safely in their homes. The event will take place 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 at the Ocean City Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., in Room 110. It is hosted by AARP Chapter 1062.

Atlantic Sea Scallop Group Calls on BOEM to Ensure “Mutual Prosperity”...

Today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced it will conduct a wind lease auction for 480,000 acres of ocean in the New York Bight area of the Atlantic. In public comments submitted late last week, the Fisheries Survival Fund (FSF), which represents the vast majority of full-time Atlantic sea scallop fishermen, called on federal regulators to create an “adaptive and proactive mitigation plan” that will allow both fisheries and offshore wind to prosper. “It is unquestionable that the proliferation of new turbine arrays will have detrimental impacts on the scallop fishery and other fisheries,” FSF wrote. “Windfarms will and demonstrably do change ocean ecosystems. The goal of mitigation should be to strike a balance that ensures mutual prosperity, not merely an uneasy, zero-sum co-existence.” The Atlantic sea scallop fishery is the most valuable federally-managed wild-caught fishery in the United States, worth $570 million in ex-vessel value and $746 million in total processed value in 2019. FSF’s comments were sent to BOEM in response to a request for information on offshore wind fisheries mitigation...

Community Invited to Vaping Awareness Presentation Feb. 9

The Ocean City community is invited to attend "Seeing Through the Smoke," a vaping awareness presentation by Robert Hackenson Jr., a professional speaker and "edutainer." Sponsored by the Ocean City School District, the presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9 in the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School.

U.S. SEAFOOD ORGANIZATIONS RECOMMEND STEPS TO REDUCE IMPACTS FROM OFFSHORE WIND...

On Friday, January 7, 2022, Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA), along with many other commercial fishing associations and businesses across the country issued recommendations to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for reducing impacts from offshore wind energy development to fishing, coastal communities, and sustainable domestic seafood production. Guidelines alone cannot achieve strong oversight Strong mitigation requirements must be standardized to protect marine resources and existing uses of the Outer Continental Shelf. The most important step for BOEM to take immediately is to implement effective processes to mitigate fisheries impacts during offshore wind planning and project design. These must be supported by regulations and strong federal oversight, rather than deferring to developers’ voluntary measures to accommodate fishing safety and resiliency...

Boy Scout Troop 32 Fundraiser on Jan. 12

Dine in or take out at Randazzo’s Pizzeria at 34th Street and Asbury Avenue in Ocean City on Wednesday, Jan. 12, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. to benefit Boy Scout Troop 32. Randazzo's will donate a portion of the proceeds to Troop 32.