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Still pursuing lawsuit against parking plan, says attorney


Martell's is continuing to litigate against Point Beach's overnight parking plan, says the oceanfront bar's attorney.

Martell's Seabreeze and Tiki Bar is not dropping its lawsuit against the parking plan the town had in place this past summer and plans to establish again this summer, says Ronald Gasiorowski, Martell's attorney.

"Martell's isn't dropping anything," Gasiorowski said Thursday.

Patch asked Gasiorowski if there is any change in plans because Jenkinson's Boardwalk has made a deal with the town to drop all pending litigation against the proposal for earlier bar closings and the overnight parking plan in exchange for the town dropping the earlier bar closing proposal.

The Point Beach Council, except for Michael Corbally, who was absent, voted unanimously Tuesday night to accept the terms of the agreement and plans to vote in early January for an ordinance to rescind the early bar closing ordinance.

Jenkinson's also pledged to pay up to $1 million during the next 20 years towards Sandy-necessitated boardwalk repairs not reimbursed by state aid or the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Gasiorowski confirmed last week that he also still represents Jenkinson's. Attorney Ed McGlynn, who has represented Jenkinson's for years, was at the Tuesday night council meeting with Jenkinson's President Anthony Storino confirming that Jenkinson's has agreed to the terms of the agreement.

Mayor Vincent Barrella said he had met separately with owners of Jenkinson's and Martell's, but acknowledged "Martell's is not on board with this."

Barrella and Councilmember Kristine Tooker said they hope Martell's will ultimately agree to enter into the same kind of agreement the town now has with Jenkinson's.

Martell's will no longer need to litigate against the earlier bar closing proposal since the town has pledged to drop that.

However, since Martell's still plans to pursue its lawsuit against the parking plan, that will continue to cost the town.

Tooker had said at a council meeting a few weeks ago, "....those lawsuits are costing us money every day."

It remains to be seen if that lawsuit will remain viable since Barrella has said that he expects he and the council members to possibly revise the parking plan. This past summer the plan prohibited overnight parking to non-residents in District 4. Residents and employees who needed overnight parking were given passes.

Barrella has said that maybe certain sections of District 4 can be removed from the plan while maybe sections of District 3 should be added. However, he said those specifics will be up to the council members.

Barrella has also said he favors revising the parking plan so that it begins at 12:30 a.m. instead of midnight.

Residents and business people who have questions or concerns about the parking plan will have an opportunity to listen to council discussions and to voice their concerns at upcoming meetings.

Some residents have said the parking plan helped keep residential streets quiet during the summer. Others attributed the improvement to the increased police presence, while still others credited the combination of the two.

Bars have remained open until 2 a.m. since

Martell's front bar and grill areas are open with plans to open fully by Easter, which is March 31. Jenkinson's is closed during renovations brought on by Sandy, but is promising a full opening by Easter weekend.

Character101 December 23, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Hey, Patch, how come no reporting on Lurie's business escapades?
Clayton December 23, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Lurie is out, So What? One gone and two more to replace with him.
Denise Di Stephan December 23, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Hey, Character 101: Before making accusations and assumptions, you may want to read last section of this story: http://patch.com/A-0cCG I have also written a few times about Lurie's previous work for Jenkinson's. If you have any other questions, problems, suggestions or ideas, or if there is another layer of meaning to "Lurie's business escapades" that you wish to share with me, do not write any of that here. Email me at denise.distephan@patch.com. And thanks for reading Patch!
Beach_N8iv December 23, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Ever try to get a permit to do ANYTHING in this town, Nick? OK, on to your question, Wanna sue? OK, you sue and we'll look into your building permits and make sure that you stick to each and every bit of those permits. FIRST, of course we will need an environmental impact study, that could take some time, years even. Now we need to go over your construction site for OSHA compliance. OK, lets look at the plans, pass the micrometer. You get the idea. Want to drag the town (along with each and every property owner/taxpayer) into the court system? Be ready for some "glitches."
Clayton December 23, 2012 at 10:03 PM
You are not alone. Many have told me the same story. At one time I would go to the boardwalk all the time until it got out of control.


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