Sandy helps shore town reach deal on bar closings

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 23, 2013 at 12:13 pm •  Published: January 23, 2013
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Point Pleasant Beach asked the bars to help pay for the cost of added police patrols near the boardwalk, but the two sides were unable to agree on an amount. The town also restricted overnight parking in some neighborhoods to residents-only during the summer, further angering the bars and some charter-fishing businesses who said their customers couldn't park near the boats.

The matters wound up in a tangle of lawsuits, and state liquor regulators put the early bar closing law on hold last summer.

In a deal reached last month, Jenkinson's agreed to drop its litigation against the town, but another bar operator, Martell's, is still suing over the parking restrictions.

Tuesday night, the council took the first step toward repealing the midnight bar closing law by a 6-0 vote. A final vote is scheduled for Feb. 19.

Dave Cavagnaro, one of the most vocal residents in favor of cracking down on rowdy bar patrons, applauded the deal, adding last summer was noticeably better than years past.

"Last summer was incredibly better," he said, crediting the parking restrictions that kept late-night revelers away from his neighborhood. "The neighbors all raved about having the ability to actually sleep with their windows open at night on occasion."

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Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC



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