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Mayor’s Message: July 26

Mayor’s Message: July 26

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends, City Council last night authorized a contract for ACT Engineers to develop a Flood Mitigation and Drainage Master Plan. The city has now completed major drainage projects in three of the island’s most flood-prone neighborhoods. We have invested more than $20 million in these efforts and learned a lot about pumping stations, elevating roads and infrastructure, and improving storm drainage. This plan will utilize all of this knowledge in developing short-term and long-term strategies to increase flood resiliency in Ocean City. It also will recommend partnerships and funding through the county, state and federal governments – and through research by institutional and academic groups. I want to let everybody know that the city remains committed to doing everything it can to protect the interests and investments of all Ocean City property owners. Commissioner Catherine McCabe and other representatives of the state Department of Environmental Protection toured Ocean City today to see our new living shoreline project on Shooting Island. They also looked at areas south of 34th Street – including the blocks around the Four Seasons condominiums, the Ocean Aire condominiums along West Avenue and the Ocean City Homes neighborhood – where we hope to focus some of our future flood resiliency efforts. Nurturing partnerships with all stakeholders will be vital to our success. I want to announce that Sky Brown will be in Ocean City Aug. 6 to 8 and will be the grand marshal of our 110th annual Ocean City Baby Parade. If you’re not familiar with that name, you may want to ask any young skater or surfer in town. Sky is an 11-year-old skateboarding sensation who will be the youngest Olympic athlete since 1936 when she competes for Great Britain in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. She began skating and surfing at age two and has become an international phenomenon. She also was the first winner of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars: Juniors.” Sky will be giving skating and surfing demos, and meeting with fans throughout her stay in Ocean City. Click here for more information. Warm regards, Mayor Jay A. Gillianlast_img read more

Footballers treated as ‘guinea pigs’ — Rooney

Footballers treated as ‘guinea pigs’ — Rooney

first_img(BBC) – Wayne Rooney says the government and football authorities have treated footballers as “guinea pigs” during the coronavirus outbreak.Elite football in Britain has been suspended until at least April 3, with the Premier League saying “conditions at the time” will determine its return.“For players, staff and their families it has been a worrying week,” he said.“One in which you felt a lack of leadership from the government and from the FA and Premier League.”Writing in his column in the Sunday Times, the former England captain said: “The rest of sport – tennis, Formula 1, rugby, golf, football in other countries – was closing down and we were being told to carry on.“I think a lot of footballers were wondering, ‘Is it something to do with money being involved in this?’. Why did we wait until Friday? Why did it take Mikel Arteta [Arsenal manager] to get ill for the game in England to do the right thing?“After the emergency meeting, at last the right decision was made – until then it almost felt like footballers in England were being treated like guinea pigs.“I know how I feel. If any of my family get infected through me because I’ve had to play when it’s not safe, and they get seriously ill, I’d have to think hard about ever playing again. I would never forgive the authorities.”Now, 34 the former Everton and Manchester United player is just over two months into his time as a player-coach at Championship club Derby.The Rams are currently five points off a play-off berth in the second tier with nine games of the season remaining, and Rooney believes there will have to be a radical restructure of the football calendar to allow fixtures to be fulfilled.“We’re happy to play until September if the season extends to then, if that’s how it has to be. That’s our job,” Rooney added.“As long as we know we’re safe to play and it’s a safe environment for spectators, we’ll play.“The next World Cup is in November and December 2022, so you could actually use this situation as an opportunity and say we’re going to finish the 2019-20 season later this year, then prepare for 2022 by having the next two seasons starting in winter.”Footballers’ messages of solidarityWorld greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have led the way as footballers have sent their thoughts and best wishes to the world at large during the coronavirus outbreak.In a post on Instagram, Messi said: “They are complicated days for everyone.“We live worried about what is happening and we want to help putting ourselves in the place of those who are having the worst of it, either because it directly affected them or their family and friends, or because they are working on the frontline to combat it in hospitals and health centres.“I want to send a lot of strength to all of them. Health must always come first. It is an exceptional moment and you must follow the instructions of both health organisations and public authorities.“Only in this way can we combat it effectively. It is the time to be responsible and stay at home, it is also perfect to enjoy that time with yours that you can not always have. A hug and hopefully we can turn this situation around as soon as possible.”last_img read more