Mayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,A new state law that went into effect on Jan. 1 requires battery-powered smoke detectors to have 10-year sealed battery units. This change will affect many properties that do not have hard-wired smoke detectors.The new equipment is powered by long-life batteries that never need to be replaced – homeowners can rest assured that their alarms are always on.After 10 years, the entire units must be replaced.Starting immediately, properties without hard-wired detectors must have the new 10-year sealed battery smoke detectors to pass inspection for transfers of title and rental units.The new equipment is readily available at local hardware and home improvement stores. Click here for more information. Earlier this week, crews demolished a building on city-owned property along the marshes near 36th Street and Bay Avenue.This structure has served many purposes over the years – from a rescue squad station to a dryland training facility for local crew teams – but it is no longer viable.I have instructed the city team to preserve this site as open space. Because it has a little elevation, we may try to create a few unpaved parking spots to accommodate cars during flood tides, and we may install some small playground equipment. But no new buildings are planned for the site.The city team is finishing work on the draft municipal budget for 2019 and the capital plan for 2019-2023. On Thursday, Feb. 28, I will deliver my annual State of the City address, and my administration will make a capital plan presentation and deliver the draft budget to City Council.The public meeting will be in Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall. It starts at 6 p.m., but Council is expected to go into executive session for 30 to 45 minutes to conduct interviews for a Zoning Board appointment before moving on to the rest of the agenda.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian
Sheepshead Hello! This is the OCNJ Daily fishing report. This report will give you the where, when and how of fishing our local waters. We hope this information will help you catch the big one!Suggested bait and tackle in this report can be obtained at any of the local fishing shops.The “What”Here is a list of fish (some common, some not as common) found in New Jersey waters: Blowfish, Bluefish, Croaker, Flounder, Kingfish, Ling, Oyster Toad Fish, Perch, Sea Bass, Sea Robin, Shad Sharks, Sheepshead, Skate, Spot, Striper(Striped bass), Triggerfish, Weakfish, Black Drum, Red Drum and many others.The “Where”Some suggestions for locations in Ocean City:Beach fishing (where allowed), the 5th St jetty, Corsons Inlet and the north end of the island near the Longport Bridge are excellent locations.Bridge/Pier fishing: Longport Bridge fishing pier, 9th St Bridge fishing piers (there are 4).Bay fishing: 12th St pavilion, and any street end that is open to the public.Note: Tide-forecast.com or any reliable tide app on your smart phone will help you fish at the right time of day. I suggest a few hours before and after high tide.Back BayFishing is nearing the summertime peak! Even though it’s early in the season, the water temp has warmed (currently 76 degrees), which brings more variety of fish into our local waters. Anglers are reporting lots of activity! The Summer Flounder catch is strong right now, with lots of fish caught. Decent size Striped Bass are still lurking around, and Kingfish continue to be plentiful. Bluefish, Sea Robins, and those nasty-looking oyster toad fish are present in our local waters. With the water warming, we are now seeing Triggerfish and a few Sheepshead making an appearance. Some little Brown Sharks, Dogfish, and various species of Rays are hanging around. FlounderThe main take right now are Flounder. Minnows and cut squid are the hottest bait, but many are reported being caught on (pink or white) bucktails and Gulp (shrimp). Bluefish in the 2 pound range are still hooking up in the bay on cut bait. Early morning and night fishermen have still been hooking Striped Bass using surface lures (I prefer Yosuri poppers) on the sod banks, and live Eel or fresh clam in deeper water. Triggerfish and Sheepshead can be caught using squid as bait with smaller (#4 or #6) hooks, mostly around the bridges.A good spot to catch all these fish mentioned is the Longport Bridge fishing pier, Corsons Inlet on the south end of the island and one of the fishing piers on the Rt 52 Causeway. The fishing pier at the end of 12th St is also a nice little spot.Piers and BridgesTriggerfishAs the water has now warmed (currently 76 degrees), a good variety of fish are being taken from the bridges. Flounder, Blues, Sea Robin, Oyster Toad fish, Triggerfish and an occasional Sheepshead were all hooked this week. Striped bass are hooked in the early morning or evening, and mostly at the top of the tide. Flounder, Triggerfish, and Sheepshead can be caught using squid or minnows as bait on smaller hooks (#4 or #6 hooks), and also pink or white bucktails. Cut bait (bunker or squid) for Blues and Sea Robins.SurfKingfishKingfish were again kings of the beach! Like last season, Kingfish continue to be plentiful and quality; many in the 1+ pound range. Bloodworms on an over/under rig are the bait of choice. A day at the beach catching Kingfish is always a great day! * Note: Try fresh Kingfish Tacos!!Stripers are being caught in the surf and (more often) in the inlets – usually in the early mornings or evenings. Fresh clam and live eel are the bait of choice. Sunrise and sunset, at the top of the tide is the best time.Weakfish are mixing in nicely with the Kingfish in the surf. Weakfish will bite on bloodworms (like Kingfish). They are a beautiful fish, and very good eating!The sun is shining, the water is getting warmer, so get out there and fish!
Dear Friends,The city was made aware this week of an Instagram account that describes predatory and sexually harassing behavior among members of the Ocean City Beach Patrol.The account includes anonymous posts about unnamed individuals inside and outside the workplace.The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office has begun to investigate the allegations that have been posted there.Investigators urge anyone with information or who has been a victim to contact the Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135, report it anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net (click on “anonymous tip”), or call Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-889-3597.The city has strict sexual harassment policies and procedures in place and acts immediately on every reported complaint.I have directed Fire Chief Jim Smith to build on existing policies and do whatever it takes to ensure employees feel safe coming forward.I want to continue to make sure all our city team members work in a safe environment.I want to let everybody know that our Tax Collection Office can now accept credit or debit card payments.Taxpayers can now use this feature (fees apply) and pay through an electronic transfer from bank accounts (free).These are added conveniences for those whose taxes are not paid through escrow accounts.I also want to remind everybody that a public comment period for the proposed offshore wind project near Ocean City continues through April 29 and one virtual session remains – at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20.If you support or oppose this project, or just have questions, this is an opportunity to be heard by the agency that will decide on the project application.More information is available here. Justin Juliano in our Community Services Department will be available to guide citizens through the process of commenting if they run into trouble. He’s at 609-399-6111, ext. 9336 or [email protected] regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillian