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Point Beach to ABC: Let Bars Close at Midnight

Town and boardwalk bars went before state ABC on Tuesday

Point Beach is telling the state it has every legal right to shut down booze sales at midnight, and the town and the boardwalk bars argued their cases at a state hearing on Tuesday.

Those are the two most recent developments in the ongoing issue of earlier cut-off of alcohol sales: that the town has responded to an appeal filed by and Martell's and both sides appeared before the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) at a hearing in Trenton on Tuesday.

the state should invalidate the ordinance and grant temporary relief until the ABC makes a final decision.

ABC has said it's the appropriate agency to make a ruling on any legal challenges arising from the bar ordinance ABC will issue a decision based on the appeal, the response and the arguments made in Trenton on Tuesday.

The town, in its response to the boardwalk's appeal, says the businesses have not cited any sound argument for the state to invalidate the bar ordinance or to order a delay on enforcement.

The town, in the response dated last Friday (see first attached PDF), argues that the boardwalk businesses' claims in its appeal (see second attached PDF) that the ordinance will hurt business, cause job loss and also impact their ongoing business contracts, do not show "irreparable harm" and should not be cited as reasons to undo the new ordinance.

Mayor Vincent Barrella wrote in the response document that one reason earlier talks between Jenkinson's, Martell's and the town failed is that the boardwalk business representatives were unwilling to agree to any of the town's ideas on how to create an enforceable mechanism for the businesses to pay $160,000 for each of the next five years, totalling to $800,000.

Jenkinson's and Martell's had pledged to pay that amount together, though

"The businesses made it clear they were not interested in agreeing to anything involving, among other things, license restrictions, or a special improvement district, though they did recognize some mechanism was needed," Barrella wrote.

Marilou Halvorsen, Jenkinson's Director of Marketing, had said shortly after the last round of talks failed that the offer of $800,000 was "sincere" and that it was up to the town officials to develop a plan for "a mechanism."

Meanwhile, mayors in Manasquan, Belmar and Point Borough have expressed concerns that Point Beach bar patrons, eager to get to bars that stay open past midnight, will take midnight joy rides into their towns, possibly drunk or just plain careless.

The town's proponents of the earlier cut-off have said they had tried in vain to negotiate for earlier last calls (which are frequently around 1:30 a.m.), payments to help with extra police services and other measures, all of which boardwalk businesses rejected.

Boardwalk businesses, in response, have cried that $800,000 should be enough and Barrella and his council supporters are out to hurt them.

In the response to the appeal, Barrella writes that "doing nothing is not an option."

"We cannot afford to devolve into Seaside Heights or Keansburg," Barrella writes. "We have a very small window to prevent this from happening."

steve June 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM
These are a bunch of brainless bartenders making sh_t up. They do not know what they are talking about. They are worried about their 2 hrs in tips that I am sure they do not claim.....Get a life!
Spooner June 27, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Hey Mayor: lifting the parking restrictions too. . . or is there something that doesn't compute at town hall . . .What's the point of going to a 1 AM closing when bar patrons have to get off their stools and go move their cars to Silver Lake. . .and then for what... come back and drink for another half hour or so!
Clown Baby June 27, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Most bar tenders make the bulk of there money in the last 2 hours before a bar closing, so yeah I can see why it's important to them.
TJ June 27, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Clown Baby.... This is the exact reason there is so many problems of today. Everyone just is worrying about themselves. Greed and selfishness.... Going to be the means of the end.
pm June 28, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I think some counsil members need to be ousted...Face the facts this is a resort area..I didnt see any complaints when Jenk's made purchases of new fire and first aid equipment and who knows whatelse they have given the town of ppb...you want to stop urinating and stuff in district 4...haha how about being on Washington Ave in broad day light and see an employee of a paving co urinating....do we shut down the paving co....how about all the drugs in this town, crime all year...huh stop picking on the summer income....get real and stop harrasing jenk's, martells and all the other places of business that this idiotic decision will affect....and oh yeah remember how your property tax will go up and up and up.....Well you all deserve that...oh and another thing for all you people that get those high summer rent monies...kiss them GOOD BYE...

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