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Ocean City


08226 (Ocean City Weather Forecast, NJ)

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Egg Harbor Township, Marmora, Somers Point, and Strathmere

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Ocean City originated as a borough on May 3, 1884, from portions of Upper Township, based on results from a referendum on April 30, 1884, and was reincorporated as a borough on March 31, 1890. Ocean City was incorporated as a city, its current government form, on March 25, 1897.

The island, a stretch of dunes and swamps running for seven miles, had been used by local Native Americans who were brought there by its abundance of fish during the summer months. Originally purchased by the Somers family, the island had once been named Peck's Beach, believed to have been given the name for a whaler named John Peck who had a camp on the island.

On September 10, 1879, four Methodist ministers, Ezra B. Lake, James Lake, S. Wesley Lake and William Burrell chose the island as a suitable spot to establish a Christian retreat and camp meeting on the order of Ocean Grove. They met under a tall cedar tree, which stands today in the lobby of the Ocean City Tabernacle. Having chosen the name “Ocean City”, the founders incorporated the “Ocean City Association”, laid out street and lots for cottages, hotel and businesses. The Ocean City Tabernacle was built between Wesley and Asbury Avenues and between 5th and 6th Streets. Camp meetings were held by the following summer. As a result of its religious origins, the sale or public drinking of alcoholic beverages in Ocean City was prohibited.

 

Government

The City of Ocean City
861 Asbury Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226
1 800-Beach-NJ
609-399-6111

Departments

Beach Information 609-814-9283

Construction Official 609-399-6111 ext 9179

Court Administator 609-525-9386

Fire - 911
(Non-Emergency) 609-399-6111 ext 9182

First Aid - 911
(Non-Emergency)

Health Department

Library 609-399-2434

Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

Police - 911
(Non-emergency) 609-399-9111

Public Works 609-399-6111

Recreation 609-525-9304

Senior Citizens

Tax Collector's Office 609-399-6111 ext 9379

Tax Assessor 609-399-6111 ext 9374

Education


Ocean City Board of Education
501 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 1
Ocean City, NJ 08226

Ocean City Primary School - Elementary Grades K - 3
550 West Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-399-3191

Ocean City Intermediate School - Elementary Grades 4 - 8
1801 Bay Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-399-5611

Ocean City High School - Grades 9 - 12
501 Atlantic Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-399-1290

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Ocean City Historical Museum
1735 Simpson Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-399-1801


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