Mayor’s Message: March 5

Mayor’s Message: March 5

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Mayor Jay Gillian

Dear Friends,

As a result of the recently enacted marijuana legislation, existing city ordinances prohibiting the cultivation, product manufacturing, testing and sale of marijuana in Ocean City were invalidated.

I have asked City Council to adopt a new ordinance to reinstate these prohibitions. The new legislation gives municipalities 180 days to do so. I expect this ordinance to be considered at next Thursday’s City Council meeting.

New Jersey has set up a new COVID-19 vaccine call center to provide scheduling support and dedicated appointments for residents ages 75 and over. Call 856-249-7007.

Our Community Services team also continues to have good success in helping Ocean City seniors secure COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

If you live in Ocean City, are currently eligible to receive the vaccine and would like assistance, call 609-399-6111 or stop by City Hall, the Community Center or the 46th Street Welcome Center. Don’t stop looking for an appointment on your own, but let us see if we can help you.

I’m hopeful that vaccine supplies will begin to increase and soon be available to anybody who wants to be vaccinated. But until then, I want to make sure all of our seniors and other residents most at risk are protected.

March is the time when a lot of our seasonal businesses begin to reopen, and it looks like we’re headed for a sunny weekend with some much warmer temperatures arriving a few days later. Please remember to shop and eat local to help our business community get off to a great new year.

Warm regards,

Mayor Jay A. Gillian