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Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Versus Martell's At May 5 Council Meeting

Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Vincent Barrella voiced concerns with longtime borough business, Martell’s Tiki Bar at the May 5 council meeting.
Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Vincent Barrella voiced concerns with longtime borough business, Martell’s Tiki Bar at the May 5 council meeting.

Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Vincent Barrella has a bone to pick with the longtime boardwalk business, Martell’s Tiki Bar.

During the May 5 Council meeting, Barrella addressed a concern with obstruction on the boardwalk allegedly involving Martell's.

Barrella explained that during his participation as a judge in the borough’s Easter Parade, he noticed a public section of the boardwalk confined by Martell’s.  According to Barrella, Martell’s has set up tables and fenced off an area of the boardwalk that is paid for by taxpayers.

“They do not have authority to use that property without authorization,” Barrella said of Martell’s.

The mayor suggested that Martell’s be informed of their obstruction of the public boardwalk, and called on the council to act accordingly.

Council members questioned whether a definitive line of demarcation exists, which would mark Martell’s area on the boardwalk.

A borough resident at the meeting interjected that the demarcation line ends at the front door of Martell’s, as adopted in a 2010 ordinance.

In an attempt to refrain from what he called “nuclear action,” Councilman Stephen Reid suggested engaging in an ongoing dialogue with Martell’s owners over the next two weeks, and reporting back at the next municipal meeting.

Councilman Thomas Vogel and others agreed that a discussion with management rather than attorney involvement, would be the most productive route.

Mayor Barrella’s final remarks in the meeting continued to reflect an apprehension with the popular Tiki Bar. 

Barrella requested the borough obtain an autopsy report of Ashley Chieco, a 26-year-old who had been drinking for nearly five hours at Martell’s Tiki Bar before driving a stolen car into oncoming traffic in Old Bridge, where she collided head on with another vehicle.

Chieco, who authorities say was driving with a blood-alcohol level higher than double the legal limit, was killed in the August 2013 crash.  An attorney for a woman severely injured in the collision, has since filed a lawsuit against Martell’s owners.

Rick Ricky May 10, 2014 at 07:52 PM
All I know is they are all bunch of morons including the Mayor. Sorry, but this town has always had issues. They just have been hiding pretty much of everything. Who suffers the most? The people who live there. Any town would always be considered a great place to live if know one says or does something to change what is wrong. Just going a long with the flow is not the answer. Especially when it is not right.
benny May 10, 2014 at 08:43 PM
Ok rick Ricky I hear your frustration. Just give me a couple examples of what is being hidden. What are some of the issues you alluding to?
Brandy the Dog May 10, 2014 at 08:55 PM
I would think the parking dilemma.
Randle McMurphy May 10, 2014 at 09:53 PM
Another year and a half and this nightmare will be over. Barrella has been constant on one thing ,he hates the boardwalk business owners. Did you read in the OS how he's now attacking Council President Mayer the DiCorcia family . This guy is sickening, a nasty ,miserable person. The DiCorcia family should attend the next meeting in force and call this loser out .
Brandy the Dog May 10, 2014 at 10:27 PM
Political impotence is a bitch!

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