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Council Scuttles Liquor Store License Sale

Governing body declines to move resolution that would have OK'd sale of 1 distribution license

A proposal to sell a liquor store license died without a governing body vote Tuesday night.

The Township Council declined to move a resolution that would have authorized bidding on a plenary distribution license at its regular meeting, effectively killing the measure that had when initially proposed.

"I don't believe we need to put the license out to bid at this time," said council President John Ducey, who indicated he would have voted against the resolution.

He didn't get the chance. None of the five other council members present offered to "move" the resolution for a vote, which prompted light applause from the back of council chambers.

"Now isn't the right time," Ducey said.

The resolution would have solicited applicants for the public sale of one license necessary to run a liquor store at a minimum bid price of $620,000. Township Administrator Scott Pezarras has said the revenue for a sale would be marked as surplus for future use.

Currently, nine plenary distribution licenses exist in the township. Population size dictates the number of licenses a municipality can issue under Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control regulations, and the 2010 Census results allows Brick to hold 10 such licenses.

However, those Census numbers hold until the 2020 Census, meaning the township can only issue one more license until the next population count. Ducey cited that fact as a reason for not issuing a license now, although the governing body could change course and issue it at any point before the 2020 Census results are released.

"We only have one left," the council president said. "Now isn't the right time."

Charles Villano, owner of Forbes Liquors on Brick Boulevard, cheered the non-vote.

"I think you were right on the mark," he told the council members. "It was a very wise and just decision."

Opponents had expressed concern over the sale of another store license possibly hurting existing distributors in the township. Others felt the township could make more money on the sale if it was to wait a few years.

Brick Patch readers also were firmly against the measure, with the vast majority who voted in an unscientific poll registering "no" votes when asked if the township should sell the license. Seventy-one percent (227 votes) of the 319 respondents voted no, with 28 percent (92 votes) voting yes.

Mark Story Jenks April 11, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I'll bet Buchanan's on Herbertsville Road was the first to have that type of license. Since 1964, I think.
JD April 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Dan, Regarding the "unscientific" poll... how do you know people didn't vote multiple times?? Is it "only" members?? If IP address, anyone can use multiple IP addresses by their phone, etc. Please explain the Patch polling capabilities. btw.. I didn't vote... but would have voted NO... However, Forbes being the biggest complainer makes money... he won't expand his business even though vacancy next door... he won't move to the the Brick Plaza next door to A&P supermarket (Brick Plaza has vacancies).... he has a limited offering... as a consumer, I welcome these "super" sized stores.
Nicholas Loffredo April 11, 2012 at 02:38 PM
JD: It is by IP, so we cannot say with 100 percent certainty that there weren't people who could have voted more than once if they really set out to do so. It's inclusion above wasn't meant to be the authoritative view of Brick folks; more of food for thought.
Mark Story Jenks April 11, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Who would bother to do that?
Joseph Woolston Brick April 11, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Buchanan's is the most unique liquor store in the area, it's a throw back to another time and era and I love going there. I don't buy much liquor, but when I do, that's where I head, I prefer it to the mega booze shops. I don't think there are any other drive through liquor stores in Monmouth or Ocean. Buchanan's is a Brick tradition!
jack smith April 11, 2012 at 03:05 PM
71% of Brick Patch readers voted no on the issuing of the liquor license. Are these the same people who are going to vote in favor of going over the tax cap again this year? Why people wouldn't be in favor of over half a million dollars going towards the town is beyond me. Let anyone who wants to sell liquor in the town, sell liquor at 620k a pop. As far as I know if they fail the town still keeps the money. What is wrong with some competition in the town? Isn't competition good for the consumer? We have to many barber shops and pizza places in Brick as well, but they manage to stay open. With all the vacant stores in Brick it is ridiculous to turn anyone down who wants to start a business.
JD April 11, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Thanks... just curious. I thought it was by IP. Easy to manipulate.
JD April 11, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Jenks... who would bother to do what... vote more than once?? Brick council read the patch and comments... so, I would say current liquor store owners would vote multiple times to sway council opinion!!!
J.JONES April 11, 2012 at 03:39 PM
There are to many Liquor stores,pizza,sub shops,deli's..in our town already ..Empty stores all over Brick ..We don't need any more ..If someone has an Idea for a business and something different ..go for it ..if not go away..
jack smith April 11, 2012 at 03:53 PM
You're right the town doesn't need 620k. They can just scare people to vote over the tax cap when the time comes. I don't remember the last time a liquor store went out of business, so this would actually fill one of those vacant spots. Whether, you like it or not liquor stores are profitable in this town. By the way this article states that this 620k would go into some type of surplus account. I guess that means we have a balanced budget. Therefore, no tax increase this year. Correct?
Xavier April 11, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I think they're hoping to be able to sell it for more in the future. Whether or not that will happen is another story.
Jim April 12, 2012 at 12:18 AM
ConclusionL We are screwed.
johnny bolobski April 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Guess Dan Toth thinks there are too many liquor places arounf too. See he applied to move his business to Howell. Not enough empty places in Brick or is it cheaper in Howell?
Hollowman April 12, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Jo, there is a drivethru liquor store on 571/Ridge Rd in Jackson
John C April 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Its the economy that decides, not just the town environment or location. If the big chains and franchises feel there is a market for their product based on the models that they use, they will open a store. If the people want any product be it pizza or chinese food or anything they will shop at a store based on convenience quality and price. If a business owner wants to move their business, they will do so based on location and cost for whatever they need ie rent. has nothing to do with some of the "ideas" stated above.
John C April 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Mr Toth is a distributor not a store. He sells to the stores, so your politically based attack is unjustified. Maybe he feels being closer to route 9 and 195 is better for his distribution system?
J.JONES February 18, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Something to think about how will they make up the loss of money with traffic cameras gone and now not selling liq. license who will pay for that ???


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