Mayor’s Update – March 24, 2017

first_imgDear Friends,City Council last night approved two important resolutions that will benefit Ocean City residents and guests.Council voted to advertise for contractors to complete the final stage of boardwalk reconstruction from 10th Street to 12th Street. At this time next year, the length of the boardwalk from Fifth Street to 12th Street will be completely rebuilt from top to bottom. Off-season detours will no longer be necessary, and the structure will be sound for decades to come. The final two-block stretch will be closed for demolition and reconstruction starting on Oct. 10. As always, I thank you all for your patience during these necessary capital improvement projects.Council also approved a professional service contract for Michael Baker International to design the north end pumping station project for the bayside area between First Street and Eighth Street. Based on feedback from neighbors, projected savings to taxpayers and Baker’s track record for success, the new project design will bring long-awaited relief to this flood-prone area. I must caution that a project of this scope includes many factors beyond the city’s control, but Baker anticipates that work can begin by late fall. We will plan a town hall meeting for later this spring to update everybody on Baker’s plans and to seek individual feedback from all property owners affected by the project.I strongly encourage everybody with an interest in our bayside dredging program to read the public announcement posted today by the Army Corps of Engineers and to send a public comment in support of our efforts. The Army Corps is reviewing our permit application to allow dredging along the entire backbay waterfront, including the bayfront, lagoons, state channels and private slips. It’s important for the Corps to know how important navigable waters are to our economy, safety, property values and way of life here in Ocean City. Please share the link above, if you know of others who would want to lend their support.The lights on the Route 52 causeway will be lit pink tonight in tribute to the Toast Pink gala at the Flanders, a fundraiser for a group that helps cancer patients and their families. They’ll be pink again next Friday and Saturday for Girls Weekend in Ocean City, before turning blue on Sunday, April 2 for World Autism Awareness Day.I hope you all have a great weekend.Warm regards,Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

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Foley finds radar after Dunedin “hiccup”

first_imgFoley has slotted 15 from 15 in the two Tests since the second Bledisloe, a performance skills coach Mick Byrne simply categorised as an off night.”I think it’s faith, especially when you have a hiccup,” Byrne said.”It’s like in any sport – golfers are a classic one.”We look at (Marc) Leishman, he’s just won the (BMW) tournament but you go back to a tournament he had before, he wasn’t hitting the ball really well there.”You just have those moments at the top end of games.”You can’t get concerned about what happened or why it was this or why it was that, because you get caught up in stuff that’s not really there.”You trust your rhythm, go back and work on what you need to work on.”Byrne doesn’t harbour any concerns for Reece Hodge’s accuracy, either, putting his two from eight at Test level down to the sheer difficulty of the shots he faces when handed the tee.”When you look at the field, without getting too technical, there’s certain parts of the field where kickers kick it at 100 per cent, and then as you move out – it’s usually at that 25m mark, a semi-circle around the goal – most kickers are at 100 per cent,” Byrne said.”When you push out to 30m they drop out to about 85.”When you get out to 40m, some of them are dropping down to 60, 65.”When you drop out to 50 they’re about 50, 40, 30 sort of thing.”If you look at Hodgey’s eight kicks and multiply by the distance of his kick, he’d probably be twice as far as any other kicker.”So, what’s the merit in taking those low percentage kicks?”The beauty of that is, if you’ve got a guy who can kick the ball from 55m, and you’re going to go in and try and slow the ball down and you know the guy’s going to kick penalties from there, you might have a second thought about giving away a penalty from 55m out.”It might just be enough to say to a team, if you want to start giving away penalties here… extend the safe zone.”The Wallabies will need both Foley and Hodge to have their radar’s working when they tackle the Springboks in Bloemfontein, as accurate goal kicking is one of three non-negotiables against the Boks on their home turf.The other two, winning the physicality up front and at least breaking even at set piece time, were two areas where the Wallabies battled, at times, when these two teams slugged out a 23-all draw a fortnight ago.”It is a non-negotiable to beat anyone, really.” Byrne said of the physicality challenge.”But South Africa bring a physicality.”They pride themselves on that. They’re a nation of it. We’ve got to match them in that area.”On the lineout front, Byrne said a few little things going wrong sparked a chain reaction in a poor second half in Perth.”There was a couple of things identified, mainly around the get in and get the job done,” Byrne said.”There was probably a little bit too much thinking about it.”The skill sets inside that lineout that night, a little bit better jumping, I think there was a crooked throw or overthrow as well.”Just the little skill sets are really important.”It comes back to trusting your habits and backing yourself under pressure.”last_img read more

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