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OCEAN CITY SENDS LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 OCEAN CITY SENDS LETTER TO THE EDITOR
 OCEAN CITY, N.J., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The following letter to


the editor was issued today from N.J. Trofa Jr., mayor of the City of Ocean City:
 The City of Ocean City has received many calls concerning the effects of the January storm on this family community and resort. We appreciate the concern of our friends throughout the Delaware Valley and are pleased to report that we are "alive and well" and life is back to normal.
 Preliminary assessments of the storm indicate considerable damage but the upcoming tourist season is certainly not in jeopardy. The high winds and tides inflicted an estimated $4 million damage to public and private property here. However, the commercial section of the Boardwalk between 5th and 12th Streets received only sporadic damage mostly to planking, railings and ramps which can be repaired by Memorial Day. This section is now open to the public with damaged areas cordoned off for safety.
 The City's historic Music Pier, an entertainment center built in 1928, sustained minor damage to several windows but otherwise is in good shape. The Pier is undergoing the third phase of an extensive renovations project and is expected to open in June and then be available for year round programs.
 Our downtown Asbury Avenue shopping district was virtually unscathed.
 Heaviest boardwalk damage, that which many of you saw on TV, was in the residential area between 15th and 20th Streets where the remaining decking battered by an October storm was washed away. Most of the pilings and caps (cross beams) remain intact and can be utilized to support new decking.
 Heavy beach erosion and dune destruction was reported in many of the areas of the island. Our beaches will be replenished starting in March when the Army Corps of Engineers begins a 50 year pumping program. Over 4 million cubic yards of sand will be dredged from the ocean as part of the $35 million, 50 year beach building project. The first phase will start at the north end of the island and conclude at 14th Street.
 It is also expected that the island will experience its normal build up of sand during the spring and summer months.
 Ocean City is moving ahead with its many programs and has scheduled a variety of special and recreational events for 1992. For information call our toll-free number, 1-800-BEACH NJ or write to the Public Relations Office, City Hall, 9th & Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, NJ 08226.
 Very truly yours,
 /s/ N.J. Trofa, Jr., Mayor
 /delval/
 -0- 1/15/92
 /CONTACT: Mark Soifer of the City of Ocean City, 609-399-6111, ext. 222/ CO: Office of the Mayor ST: New Jersey IN: SU:


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