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New and revised legislations affect every type of OCNJ business. Stay current on the newest laws and regulations pertaining to OCNJ commerce with these legislation reports.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Mayor's Update May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020
Dear Friends,
I had another week of conference calls with doctors, hospital officials, the governor's office and local leaders as we continue to plan for reopening Ocean City.
I am encouraged to report that our local hospitals remain below capacity, and the trends in COVID-19 cases appear to be flattening. So far, we have done well in Ocean City to prevent the worst outcomes of this pandemic by following all of the directives issued to slow the spread of the virus.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Cape May County Recovery Initiative

Below is a link to the Cape May County Recovery Initiative proposal to reopening our county. The plan was submitted to Governor Murphy.
We encourage all business owners and residents to read the plan.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Cape May County Reopening Resolution

Please click here to read the resolution adopted by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders today in regards to supporting the proposal for safe, thoughtful and progressive reopening of Cape May County in the time of Covid-19.


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility (CDC Recommendations)

Everyday Steps, Steps When Someone is Sick, and Considerations for Employers
How to clean and disinfect
  • Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
  • Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant.
  • Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
  • Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
  • More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use.
  • Surfaces and objects in public places, such as shopping carts and point of sale keypads should be cleaned and disinfected before each use.
  • High touch surfaces include:
  • Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

City of Ocean City, NJ - Office of Emergency Management

City of Ocean City, NJ - Office of Emergency Management

Special Statement:

4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2020  

All of New Jersey remains under a State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency due to the spread of COVID-19.

Please remember that Ocean City’s beaches and boardwalk are closed to all users. Social distancing is required to be practiced except with immediate family members, caretakers, household members or romantic partners. It is also recommended that people wear a cloth face covering while in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Gatherings of any kind are prohibited.

Please do not place an unnecessary burden on our first responders by failing to comply with these very clear and simple guidelines.​


Friday, April 24, 2020

Mayor;s Update April 24, 2020

Dear Friends,
I want to thank all of our essential workers for their dedication – not just the doctors, nurses, health care workers and first responders on the front lines of the fight against this pandemic – but all of the people who are working in grocery stores, picking up our trash and recycling every week, and providing all of the other vital services we need.
I want you to know that I will continue to do everything I can, within the law, to keep you and your families safe and healthy. We can get through this together.

Monday, April 20, 2020

New COVID-19 Guidance Documents

Please note that there are two new items available by New Jersey Department of Health;
They may be found at:

Friday, April 17, 2020

Mayor's Update April 17, 2020

Dear Friends,
I want to thank everyone again for adhering to all of the many restrictions in place to slow the spread of coronavirus. We need to continue to be vigilant to prevent the exponential growth of infections that other areas of the state are experiencing.
I also want there to be hope. We are starting to plan for the day when we can begin to reopen Ocean City. One thing is certain: We do not want to risk a second wave of infections. It will not be business-as-usual this summer. But there will be a summer.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan applications open today

Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan applications open today, Monday, April 13, 2020.

In response to the economic challenges being faced by New Jersey small businesses due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has created the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program. The $10 million program will make direct low-cost financing available to allow New Jersey small businesses and non-profits to cover operating expenses and ensure continuity of operations during the outbreak.


Thursday, April 9, 2020

New Executive Order on Custruction Closures & Social Distancing

What is included in the pending Executive Order on construction closures and social distancing guidelines?

Governor Murphy announced on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, a pending Executive Order that will impact business operations across the State of New Jersey. This Executive Order generally covers:


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Mayor's Update April 7, 2020

Dear Friends,
I hope everyone is doing as well as can be expected during these trying times. I fully understand the sacrifices we all are making and the fear of what may lie ahead.
Many of you have asked me to close the bridges. I do not have that authority. I have worked with City Council to close the beach, boardwalk, public buildings, parks and recreational facilities. These actions all make it easier to follow the governor’s strict orders to shelter in place and eliminate nonessential travel.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Relief for Small Businesses

Today's Coronavirus News for New Jersey Business 4/3/2020
Apply Now - Today, applications are being accepted for two different funding programs for small businesses. All the information is below:
N.J. Economic Development Authority's Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program
The State's Program - The N.J. Economic Development Authority this morning began accepting applications for grants of up to $5,000 under its Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program.
Get more information and get the application here.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Extremely Urgent News for NJ Businesses

Act Fast - The N.J. Economic Development Authority will begin accepting applications for small business emergency assistance grants starting this Friday, April 3, at 9 a.m. Applications will be accepted for a week, or until funds run out for this particular grant, the NJEDA said. Applications for other NJEDA COVID-19 programs, including no/low interest loans, will be available in the coming weeks.
More info on the EDA offerings can be found here.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Mayor's Update March 22, 2020

Dear Friends,
I just finished a conference call with N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy’s staff and local mayors.
Whether we like it or not, COVID-19 is already here in Ocean City, in Cape May County, in New Jersey and throughout the nation and world. Wishing it was not that way and attacking each other will not stop the virus whatsoever. Doing what has been asked of us will. 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Mayor's Update March 21, 2020

Dear Friends,
N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy issued an executive order effective at 9 p.m. tonight advising all people to “stay at home.” He urged owners not to go to their Jersey Shore homes and to stay at primary residences. All events and gatherings must be canceled.
The order closes all non-essential businesses to the public. Essential businesses include grocery stores, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, medical supply stores, gas stations, convenience stores, takeout restaurants, laundromats, liquor stores, banks, pet stores and office supply stores. The governor urged all businesses to make arrangements for employees to work from home, wherever possible. Construction work, construction supply stores and hardware stores may continue to operate.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Mayor's Update March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020
Dear Friends,
We are facing extraordinary times, and our world is changing in ways that would have been unimaginable just a few weeks ago. But we must do everything in our power to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic before it’s too late. We must do what we can to protect every member of our community.
I am asking that everybody please stay at home, limit travel only to essential destinations, and practice social distancing if you have to go out.  These are guidelines that have been shared at every level from the federal Centers for Disease Control down to the Cape May County Department of Health. These recommendations include avoiding unnecessary travel to, from and within Ocean City.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

$15 Minimum Wage Update

We want to thank New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Jeff VanDrew for meeting with us yesterday in Trenton.

Following the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting in March, Senator VanDrew worked with our chamber to arrange a meeting with the Senate President and members of the South Jersey business community to discuss the $15 an hour minimum wage issue as it pertains to small businesses.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Legislative Update 6/23/17

June 23, 2017

Tracking Legislation and Other Items Important to the Business Community:


Minimum Age for Tobacco Products - S-359 (Codey/D-27; Vitale/D-19; Huttle/D-37; Conaway/D-7; Jimenez/D-32; Lampitt/D-6; Diegnan/D-18; Jasey/D-27; Sumter/D-35): Assembly passed 53-16, sent to the Governor. Raises minimum age for purchase and sale of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices from 19 to 21. This bill also amends related statutes concerning penalties, fines, signage requirements, non-face-to-face transactions and enforcement provisions to reflect the increased minimum age. Contact: Michael Egenton

Tax Deduction for Charitable Food Contributions - S-3012 (Lesniak/D-20; Oroho/R-24)/A-2753 (Mukherji/D-33; Benson/D-14): Senate 38-0. Allows a NJ gross income tax deduction for charitable contributions of food made from business inventory. The deduction applies to food that meets all quality and labeling standards even though the food may not be marketable due to appearance, age, freshness, grade, size, surplus or other conditions. This new tax deduction will encourage charitable contributions of food to deserving organizations that support those in need. Contact: Michael Egenton


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Legislative Update 5/31/17


May 30, 2017

Tracking Legislation and Other Items Important to the Business Community:


Friday, February 24, 2017

Legislative Update 2/24/17


February 24, 2017

Tracking Legislation and Other Items Important to the Business Community:


Thumbs downLimits Consumer Contract Disputes Forum - A-1515 (McKeon/D-27; Diegnan/D-18; Benson/D-14; Muoio/D-15; Pinkin/D-18; Moriarity/D-4)/S-387 (Cruz-Perez/D-5; Barnes/D-18): Assembly passed 49-20. The measure prohibits conditions in a consumer contract that require disputes be resolved in a venue, forum or jurisdiction inside the state of New Jersey. The business community opposes limiting the venue for these arbitration disputes to within the State. Independent third-party arbitrators are typically located in Philadelphia or New York, which is not an unreasonable distance for the parties to travel. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thumbs UpEmergency Price Increases -S-2321 (Oroho/R-24; Beach/D-6; Burzichelli/D-3; Wisniewski/D-19; Mosquera/D-4; Houghtaling/D-11; Wimberly/D-35): Signed into law by the Governor. Amends statutory language regarding so-called price-gouging during a state of emergency by specifying an exact period of time during which 'excessive' price increases would be prohibited. This bill stipulates that 'excessive' price increases would be prohibited during a state of emergency and for an initial period of 30 days following the declaration of a state of emergency, unless the Governor extends the prohibition for periods of up to 10 days. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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