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Press Releases

Learn more about OCNJ happenings with press releases from the Ocean City Chamber. From the latest OCNJ news to details on upcoming events, you’ll be in-the-know.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Santa Sighting in Ocean City - 2019

Santa Sighting in Ocean City 2019

An Old-Fashioned Family Christmas in Downtown Ocean City is scheduled for November 29rd, the day after Thanksgiving. Asbury Avenue, 6th-11th Streets, will be full of holiday spirit and entertainment to accompany everyone’s holiday shopping experience beginning at 2pm.

Features of the day will include visits with Santa in a lifeboat at the Mark Soifer Park across from City Hall from 1pm to 3pm, a special appearance by the Phillie Phanatic from 4pm to 6pm, Carolers in Victorian costumes, free horse and carriage rides from 1pm-4pm, and other entertainment on Asbury Ave.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

2019 Earlier than the Bird in Downtown OCNJ

Ocean City’s “Earlier than the Bird” event is your holiday wake- up call inviting one and all to come out and shop downtown for pre-holiday savings at all of your favorite shops. The morning of Saturday, November 23rd from 8am-Noon is when shoppers can find great deals at stores on Asbury Avenue from 6th-11th streets. Shoppers are encouraged to wear their pajamas, and free turkeys will be awarded for the best dressed!

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Gillian’s Wonderland Pier Is Open for the Holidays

The Ocean City Boardwalk landmark is celebrating 90 years and is looking to end the year with a Winter Wonderland Celebration!

Ocean City, NJ – Gillian’s Wonderland Pier is now open every Saturday and Sunday through 2019.  “We’ve really planned some fun activities for kids and families alike.  The weather has been so nice that we really wanted to give our community something else to do on those winter weekends,” Jay Gillian said.  Gillian’s Wonderland Pier has activities planned such as Breakfast with Santa & Wonder Bear, Photos with Santa, Giant Wheel Rides complete with blankets to stay warm while guests take in the view and some family favorite character "Meet & Greets".  “It’s really a fun time around here!  The team is getting in the spirit and it’s been a fun process for all of us” says Dan McDermott, team member at Gillian’s and who's been responsible for the light show on the Giant Wheel.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Carrie Merritt Named Citizen of the Year by OC Chamber

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is honored to announce the recipient of the Chamber’s 2019 Citizen of the Year Award and Outstanding Business and Beautification Awards.  The awards will be presented at the Chamber’s dinner Tuesday, November 26rd at The Flanders Hotel.

This year, the Citizen of the Year Award will be presented to Carrie Merritt. Ms. Merritt is an active citizen in Ocean City and loves the Ocean City life. She is a 1st Grade teacher at Ocean City Primary School and has been an Ocean City Red Raider since 2006.

Ms. Merritt is the 2018-2019 Cape May County Teacher of the Year and a New Jersey State Teacher of the Year Finalist. In 2016, Carrie received the AtlantiCare Healthy Educator of the Year Award.  In August 2017, she had the opportunity to represent the USA at the ITU World Championships for Long Distance Triathlon.

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Downbeach Auto Outlet Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary in Cape May County

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the one year anniversary of Downbeach Auto Outlet located in Cape May Court House.

As car enthusiasts, with practicality in mind, Downbeach Auto Outlet prides themselves in the quality of vehicles they offer to their clients. They want to ensure that the experience their customers receive brings them back for years to come.

They offer vehicles marked with competitive pricing, no pressure, and no stress. Combine that with their knowledgeable staff, full spectrum financing, premium inventory, and you’ll see why Downbeach Auto Outlet is the future of car buying.

Visit Downbeach Auto at 1605 Route 9 (exit 13 off Garden State Parkway) in Cape May Court House, browse their online inventory at www.DownbeachAutoOutlet.com, or call 609-778-2725.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Ocean City Chamber Annual Business Summit

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Business Summit on Thursday, October 10, 2019, 8:00 A.M., at The Flanders Hotel, located at 719 E. 11th Street, Ocean City, NJ.  The guest speaker is Jeff Vasser, Executive Director of the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism. This will be an important meeting discussing trends in tourism, visitor spending, tourism economy, and key local, regional and state issues to watch.  The breakfast meeting is $20.00. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 609-399-1412 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Meet Local Businesses, City and Local Officials and Numerous Organizations at “Welcome Night”

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is continuing their proud tradition of hosting “Welcome Night”.  This year, “Welcome Night” will be held on Wednesday, October 23rd from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Ocean City Civic Center located on 6th Street by the Boardwalk. Admission is free and all area residents are encouraged to attend.  Fabulous door prizes provided by local businesses will be given out throughout the evening.

Every year the Chamber of Commerce hosts “Welcome Night” to introduce new and current residents to Community, Civic and Social Organizations, Community Leaders and City Officials, as well as local businesses including restaurants, financial and insurance services, retail stores and medical offices.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Snowberg Opens on Ocean City Boardwalk

Snowberg Opens on Ocean City Boardwalk

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for Snowberg on Ocean City’s world famous Boardwalk.

Snowberg offers Korean Shaved Ice, Acai Bowls, Pitaya Bowls, Green Bowls, and Clean Smoothies!

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Drip N’ Scoop Opens in the Flanders Hotel

Drip N’ Scoop Opens in the Flanders Hotel

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for Drip N’ Scoop’s new location in The Flanders Hotel.

Their new location will be offering the same menu as their 10th and Asbury Avenue location with all of your favorite ice cream, donut, and coffee flavors!

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

TCC Verizon Opens on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ

TCC Verizon Opens on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly relocated TCC Verizon in Downtown Ocean City, NJ.

TCC offers guests the ultimate experience in interactivity while shopping for wireless devices, accessories and home solutions, and is designed as a destination for guests to get hands-on experience with the latest wireless devices.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Cruise Control  Gear Opens on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ

Cruise Control  Gear Opens on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for Cruise Control Gear in Downtown Ocean City, NJ.

Cruise Control Gear opened in Stainton’s and offers luxury tennis and active wear. They offer performance apparel for women and men of all ages and all shapes and sizes. Whether you are on the course, court, favorite athletic gym facility, or just wearing casually, Cruise Control Gear is the perfect choice. Their company prides itself on using the highest quality material for their products, which uses a blend of polyester and elastane to create that soft, comfortable feel.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Dry Island  Opens on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ

Dry Island  Opens on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for Dry Island in Downtown Ocean City, NJ.

Dry Island is a new boutique/studio carrying clothes and “common goods for the common good”. All of the graphics are created in-house, and are created to cultivate a palatable fusion of story, irony, and honest appreciation of Ocean City, NJ. They are also graphic designers who develop branding and product solutions for small businesses.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

2019 Ocean City Historic Tour

The Ocean City Historic Tours presented by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce are every Thursday from July 11th through August 22nd, from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.  Tickets are $14 per person, which includes transportation by trolley and a guided tour.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

2019 Farmers & Crafters Market opening June 26th

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Farmers & Crafters Market will have its opening day on Wednesday, June 26th. Farmers will be on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle, 6th Street and Asbury Avenue and Crafters on Asbury Avenue between 5th & 6th Streets. The market will be open from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and will showcase a dozen farmers and a number of crafters with many handmade treasures and treats.  Our Farmers and Crafters Market will feature a great assortment of fresh Jersey produce, fresh flowers, and fresh herbs; all from local farms. The Market will continue every Wednesday through September 4th.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Ocean City Launches “Ocean City Vacation” Video Contest

Ocean City Launches "Ocean City Vacation" Video Contest

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Ocean City Tourism Development Commission is launching the “Ocean City Vacation” video contest. Contestants are encouraged to submit short, family oriented, videos detailing what makes Ocean City, NJ “America’s Greatest Family Resort”.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Preparing for the New Minimum Wage Increase and How it will Impact Your Business

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its May membership meeting on Thursday, May 9, 2019, 12:00 P.M., at American Legion Morvay-Miley Post 524, located at 46th & West Ave, Ocean City, NJ. The guest speaker is Michele Siekerka, President and CEO of New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA). The topic will be Preparing for the New Minimum Wage Increase and How it will Impact Your Business. She will be providing important information for local businesses. The lunch is $20.00. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 609-399-1412 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Friday, March 29, 2019

OCEAN CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SALUTE TO WORKING WOMEN SET FOR APRIL 24th

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce announces that Karen Bergman, Councilwoman and Director of Catering for The Flanders Hotel, will receive the 2019 Salute to Working Women Award and will be honored at the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on April 24th at The Flanders Hotel. The award recognizes women in business for their outstanding professional and personal achievements.

Karen has been a noted leader amongst the businesses and people in Ocean City, NJ. Many got to know her when she owned and operated Nash’s News on Asbury Avenue From December 1997 through December 2004. It was through Nash’s, that Karen developed a strong passion for Asbury Avenue and the Ocean City business community.

Her love for the downtown led her to serve as an Executive Board Member for the Main Street Board, responsible for allocating funds generated to the Asbury Avenue business district from the SID tax. She also served on the Business and Neighborhood Development Board and Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Board.

Now, Karen is the Director of Catering for the Flanders Hotel. She is responsible for coordinating, supervising, and directing all aspects of the Catering Department of the Flanders Hotel. This includes training, supervising and managing all catering associates to ensure complete guest satisfaction. She is also responsible for soliciting and booking banquet and catering functions.

Additionally, Karen serves the community as Councilwoman at Large. In 2008 Karen was elected 2nd Ward council woman and served until 2012. After taking a break for 3 years Karen was unanimously appointed Council at Large to replace Michael Allegretto, was re-elected in 2016 and 2018 and still serves today.

She has also been an Executive Board Member of the Ocean City Tourism Commission and Cape May County Chamber Board of Directors. 

The luncheon will honor all working women at home or in the workforce on Wednesday, April 24th at noon at The Flanders Hotel. The luncheon is open to the public and is $25 per person. For more information, to make a reservation, or to place a congratulatory ad in the program book, please contact the Chamber office at 609-399-1412 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Salute to Working Women set for April 24th

OCEAN CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SALUTE TO WORKING WOMEN SET FOR APRIL 24th

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce announces that Karen Bergman, Councilwoman and Director of Catering for The Flanders Hotel, will receive the 2019 Salute to Working Women Award and will be honored at the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on April 24th at The Flanders Hotel. The award recognizes women in business for their outstanding professional and personal achievements.

Karen has been a noted leader amongst the businesses and people in Ocean City, NJ. Many got to know her when she owned and operated Nash’s News on Asbury Avenue From December 1997 through December 2004. It was through Nash’s, that Karen developed a strong passion for Asbury Avenue and the Ocean City business community.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Exciting New Business Summit Workshop

Exciting New Business Summit Workshop

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a business workshop on Thursday, March 21st, from 4 P.M. until 6 P.M. at The Flanders Hotel located at 719 East 11th Street in Ocean City, NJ.

The workshop will provide business owners with important information that they can begin implementing immediately to improve their business. Topics being covered are:

Developing a Winning Business Plan and What to do Next, Financing Outside the Box for New AND Existing Businesses, Real World Scenarios, How to Cut Through the Red Tape, Marketing Your Business in a Digital World, OC’s New Cashless Payment System, and Available Programs to Help Your Business. You do not want to miss this informative business meeting!

Please reserve your seat, $20 per person, at this important workshop by calling the chamber office at 609-399-1412 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, March 18th.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Gregory M. Matuson , Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

Gregory M. Matuson, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Sturdy Savings Bank, to Provide Economic Forecast to OC Chamber

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its February membership luncheon on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at The Flanders Hotel in Ocean City. The event will begin at 12pm and will feature guest Gregory M. Matuson, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Sturdy Savings Bank, to provide an Economic Forecast for the Ocean City area. The luncheon is $25.00 and is open to all members and member guests. Reservations may be made by calling 609-399-1412 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                                                                                      

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