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Ocean City Adopts Bond Ordinance With $30M for Public Safety Building

An artist’s rendition of the renovated public safety building from Ocean City’s capital plan presentation.

By Vince Conti

OCEAN CITY – On Thursday, June 13, the City Council unanimously adopted a $36 million bond ordinance that includes $30 million for the renovation and reconstruction of the city’s Public Safety Building. The long-awaited project will modernize a building that is over 100 years old and which earlier served as a school.

Earlier in the year the city adopted a capital plan that would authorize $150 million in new debt. That plan included $67 million for projects for 2024, of which the Public Safety Building was the largest.

The public safety building houses the Ocean City Police Department and the municipal court. In preparation for the renovation of the Public Safety Building, the city will build a new police substation on the Boardwalk. Approval of $6.5 million for that substation was voted last year. The new substation will temporarily house the entire police department while the reconstruction of the Public Safety Building takes place.

With the substation completion expected before the next summer season, the way will be clear for work to begin on the Public Safety Building in 2025.

No member of the public spoke for or against the bond ordinance at the June 13 public hearing.

Contact the reporter, Vince Conti, at vconti@cmcherald.com.

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Vince Conti is a reporter for the Cape May County Herald.

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