Dear Friends:Today the NJ Sea Grant Consortium recognized Ocean City as New Jersey’s #1 beach in their annual Top Ten Best Beaches contest. In addition to Best Beach, Ocean City won first place in the categories for Best Destination for Family Vacation, Day Trip and Ecotourism.This is the second year in a row that we have swept first place in all of the categories. All of the communities who were recognized today should be very proud, because the more we work together the more successful we are.I would like to thank City Council, the Tourism Development Commission, the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and the City team for working in partnership to promote Ocean City. The results of this contest speak volumes about how people love Ocean City.On July 16, City Council will be holding a workshop to discuss possible changes to the Historic District Ordinance. The workshop will start at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers. Representatives from the State of New Jersey Historic Preservation office and the Ocean City Historic Preservation Commission will be present. No formal action will be taken at this meeting, however this is an important meeting for anyone who lives or has interest in the district. The proposed changes to the ordinance can be found HERE (proposed changes are in red).I would like to thank everyone who attended the town hall meeting on bay dredging last Saturday. City Council and I appreciate you taking the time to listen, and for providing great ideas to move forward.I also thank Councilman Wilson for his service as Council President and congratulate Councilman Hartzell on his appointment July 1 as Council President. I look forward to continued positive working relationship with City Council.I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe July 4 weekend!Warm regards,Jay A. Gillian Mayor Ocean City’s Historic District covers an area roughly between Third and Eighth streets, Central and Ocean avenues.The following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Thursday, July 2.
When Michael Crichton sadly passed away back in 2008 he left behind 27 novels, some of which were written under the name John Lange, but all as enjoyable to read today as they were on release. But that wasn’t the end of Crichton’s writing career, and we have since seen two more novels published carrying his name: Pirate Latitudes (2009) and Micro (2011).We all thought that was the end of Crichton’s writing, but his widow Sherri Crichton has made another discovery. Buried in Crichton’s archives was a complete novel called Dragon Teeth. It’s a book based on Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, two paleontologists from the 19th century who had a healthy rivalry when exploring for fossils in the American West during a period known as the Bone Wars.Crichton has taken the real-world exploits of Cope and Marsh, injected a new fictional character named William Johnson, and concocted a story as only Crichton can. And the good news is, we all get to read in next year with HarperCollins set to publish the new work in May.Sherri Crichton was the first to read Dragon Teeth and explained, “It has Michael’s voice, his love of history, research and science all dynamically woven into an epic tale.” She also believes the book was inspired by vertebrate paleontologist Professor Edwin H. Colbert, who Crichton corresponded with while Colbert was at the American Museum of Natural History.The last new novel to be published carrying Crichton’s name was Micro. However, that book was unfinished and required author Richard Preston to step in and finish it. Crichton fans will be glad to hear Dragon Teeth was finished and HarperCollins has confirmed nothing has been added to it, it’s pure Crichton.Crichton image Jon Chase photo/Harvard News Office