Mark Soifer, our long-time public relations director, has announced that he will retire at the end of the year after a career of more than 45 years. His legacy will always be an important part of life in Ocean City. Mark brought events such as First Night and the Doo Dah Parade to Ocean City, sustained traditions like the Baby Parade and Night in Venice and created an array of unique family-oriented activities for the city. His career has always been defined by his unwavering dedication to “America’s Greatest Family Resort” and his unrelenting sense of humor. I want to remind you that I will hold a town hall meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center (inside the Ocean City Community Center at 18th Street and Simpson Avenue). Representatives of Michael Baker International will be on hand to present information and answer questions about designs to improve drainage in the area from 26th Street to 34th Street between West Avenue and Bay Avenue. Jay A. Gillian Mayor Warm regards, I also want to encourage everybody to vote for Ocean City in the Best Beach in America 2016 contest. With a big victory over Ogunquit Beach, Maine, in the first round, we’ve made it into the Sweet 16. Click here to learn more and to cast your ballot. We’ll fully honor Mark later in the year, but I encourage you all to stop and thank him as he continues to lead us all through one more year of parading, plunging, plopping, snoring, sculpting taffy, cheering for crustaceans and other antics. March 18, 2016Dear Friends,I received positive news this afternoon that Comcast will not close its customer service center in Ocean City at the end of the month. The company had announced recently that it planned to shut down its Ocean City location and open a regional service center in Mays Landing. I’m now optimistic that Comcast will remain in town at least through the summer season. I have always felt that having a Comcast office in town is incredibly important to our many guests, residents, and business owners who rely on their products. My administration has made every effort to make accommodations to keep Comcast in town following Superstorm Sandy. As we receive more information, I will share it with all of you. Check on the latest project updates and sign up for email alerts.