Point Beach Tables Early Bar Closing Ordinance

Negotiations ongoing, says town and Jenkinson's

Point Beach Council, citing ongoing negotiations with bar owners, voted unanimously on Tuesday night to table an ordinance that would close bars early or collect fees from them.

The ordinance sets fees to stay open past midnight based on maximum occupancy.

Councilman Bret Gordon said that he and Councilmen William Mayer and Michael Corbally have been meeting with owners of Jenkinson's and Martell's, negotiating for a solution acceptable to all sides.

He said that while those negotiating sessions involve only the two boardwalk businesses, he has also spoken to owners of smaller bars and restaurants.

Resident Ben Dispoto, a resident on Parkway, berated the council for taking too long to take a vote either on the ordinance or another measure that would help control problems stemming from alcohol, such as the spike in crime last summer.

"We've been talking about this since last August," Dispoto said.

Mayor Vincent Barrella responded, "I believe by the next meeting or the first meeting in May (May 1), we'll have a resolution to this or we'll have an ordinance."

"I'm concerned that you're saying maybe May, because that's a month away," DiSpoto said, in an exasperated tone.

"We're further along than we've ever been," Gordon said. "We're moving forward trying to craft something not only in the best interest of the taxpayers, but also for the businesses in town."

Marilou Halvorsen, Jenkinson's marketing director, was in attendance at the meeting and got up to leave a while after the vote to table. Attorneys for Jenkinson's had left after the vote to table.

When asked outside the meeting if the vote to table is a good sign for Jenkinson's, she said she didn't know.

"But anytime you're going to implement a serious ordinance, you should think about it in-depth because it affects a lot of businesses," she said. "You want to look into all of the long-term ramifications."

She said she has been in on the negotiations, but said she cannot discuss specifics at this point.

After the meeting, Barrella said the talks with businesses are "a means of addressing problems that happened last summer for the benefit of the residents and the businesses."

During the meeting, Dave Cavagnaro, a resident who lives on Parkway, asked Gordon if he has met with all affected businesses. Gordon replied that he has not met with all, but has met with small and large businesses.

The decision to consider the early bar ordinance was not sudden. It came from months of discussion during and after last summer, which police describe as the summer with the highest crime rate on weekends in the past 17 years.

It also came from a long-running disagreement about whether Jenkinson's Boardwalk should pay for special event fees for some of their larger events which some on council have said could help pay for summer police services.

The Chamber of Commerce pays special event fees for its annual Festival of the Sea in September to help pay for police coverage and also directly pays off-duty municipal public works employees to clean up afterwards.

When Gordon was asked after the meeting if the issue of is also being discussed at the meetings, he said, "We're bundling a lot of things together to come up with a good solution for the municipal side and the business side.

"I can't get into specifics now because the negotiations are ongoing," he added. "But we're having good sessions. I think both sides are learning from each other."

An ordinance has been on the books requiring such fees, but Jenkinson's has not paid them. Halvorsen has said the company will not pay fees for events that are part of Jenkinson's conducting their normal course of business.

Lucille Buonocore, who lives in the Harbor Head condominium complex, near the boardwalk on the north end, asked Councllman Tim Lurie if he has a conflict of interest voting on boardwalk matters since he had testified for Jenkinson's in litigation with Harbor Head.

"You were a witness for Jenkinson's in that case and that case is still going on, so should you be voting on this?" she asked.

Lurie replied that he had, in his professional capacity as an engineer with DW Smith Associates, testified regarding historical photographs about the historical use of the Jenkinson's property on the north end.

"It  had nothing to do with liquor licenses," he said. "And my part of it was over two years ago. I've asked attorneys if I have a conflict and they've said no."

Spooner April 08, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Councilman: scanned your posts back to March, 2011. . .for your comments on blogger(s) crossing that line. Maybe I missed it. Pease post? ...and while we're on the subject of crossing that line. . .now I can't prove it. . .but since this is a political forum. . .I'll let the readers be the judge? ...just before the Borough's election in 2010, the police were called to the home of the Republican mayoral candidate Susan Rogers on Oct 17, 2010, about her child being bullied in school and on the internet by a school board official and a parent using a Council candidates Facebook page. That police incident report after it had be modified and approved on Oct 28, 2011 was then posted on the Internet the following day at the 'animallovertoo.com' blog site: http://animallovertoo.com/2010/10/29/here-are-the-police-reports-from-lieutenant-picca-and-sergeant-springsteen.aspx? ...so Mr Corbally who leaked those reports to Laura Beeden(aka animallovertoo.com) regarding the candidates son. . .and why was her son dragged through the coals. . .Who other than the PBA members. . .not protecting his privacy for political reasons? ...and then the gloating... the police officer who was at the home...his wife, and the husband of one of the adults writing the Facebook comment: http://animallovertoo.com/2010/11/02/the-fat-lady-has-sung--schroeder-goss-and-rusk-in-boro.aspx The punch line. . .who was in the thick of politics in all this. . .non other than your Police official!
Mike Corbally April 08, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Spooner, clearly you don't understand. Ask someone in your family to help you.
Cathy Kelly April 09, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Spooner, you are not a taxpayer of the Beach so quite frankly,you should just worry about what happens in your own town...Oh I'm sorry,I forgot that the residents of the Boro made it loud and clear that they did not want you there either..What was,over 1000 votes??? maybe you should move somewhere in the midwest where noone knows you and you actually have a shot of being elected.....
Beach_N8iv April 09, 2012 at 03:31 AM
A good letter from Mr. Dooley in the Ocean Star. Proof of the squeaky wheel district's entitlement mentality.
Seth Lyer April 09, 2012 at 09:45 PM
@Marlene Blotto........NOOOOOOOOOOOO I am not! Wrong party! I was here first, so you sell your house and move! All the fakers who pretend they were originally from here is pathetic. Individuals say, I was from the Beach and they are actually from Brick and maybe was a resident in a hotel at one time, so I guess that qualifies you as a beach resident at one time.
Seth Lyer April 09, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Everyone should stop drinking a couple hours prior to posting on the patch. So they can think clearly before they post their own BS version of what they think happened. Alcohol clouds your decisions.
Seth Lyer April 09, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Any posts that drags others kids in to it should be band from posting. I would consider them beyond low life's. Just don't do it unless you want them to attack yours.
Part Timer April 09, 2012 at 10:09 PM
The majority of the residents don't want no stinkin' parking plan...period! There is one problem with this statement. 45% of the tax payers are Non Residents and most live in district 4.
Shawn Mennessey April 13, 2012 at 03:07 AM
@Marlene Blotto, We all know where the blame should be shifted. hahaha.... chuckle chuckle.
Shawn Mennessey April 13, 2012 at 03:10 AM
We all know who you are and how many "aliias you have going at once. hahaha.....chuckle chuckle.
Tomlene April 14, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I see there is a new ABC bar hours ordinance on for first reading this Tuesday. I think the four members of the governing body have gone completely nuts. From what I've gathered they are going to change the language in the original ordinance and the new ordinance will only effect establishments with an occupancy of 200 persons or more. This will effectively eliminate every bar in town from the ordinance except Jenkinsons and Martells since the patio bar closes at 12 anyway. So much for it being a quality of life issue. This only makes it easier for the attorney from Jenkinsons to prove this is a harassing witch hunt against his client. How can the borough attorney Gertner allow such a bias ordinance to even be introduced ? This governing body including the attorney are an embarrassment to the entire town.
Mike Corbally April 14, 2012 at 03:52 PM
When and where are the majority of our police dispatched?
Tomlene April 14, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I don't know councilman why don't you tell us. Are you saying that the thousands upon thousands of police calls all year are to two establishments ? How many calls are made for police dispatch to Jenkinsons or Martells from Labor Day to Memorial Day ? The ordinance you people had in place to pass on second reading was at least half way within the law, this new modification now makes the ordinance completely against the law and your lawyer should be fired if he tries to bill the town for one minute of this disaster in the making.
Spooner April 15, 2012 at 04:17 AM
...it sounds like the classic school complaint with a twist. . .How did the school argument go. . .why should we pay school taxes when we're not using the schools. . .Now it's why should we pay extra taxes(oh they call it fees) when we're not using the police?
Cathy Kelly April 15, 2012 at 05:03 AM
spooner/sue...the gig is up...if you want to have any credibility,own up to your statements......
Tomlene April 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Puppetwatcher/Cathy....your gig is up... You have no credibility since you always criticize people for using an alias and you used to use one yourself..hahaha. Until you mistakenly posted something about yourself as puppetwatcher then it was ALL OVER ! By the way, get a clue because spooner isn't Sue Rogers and you sound like a moron trying to guess.
Cathy Kelly April 15, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Spooner April 15, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Tomlene: the insanity gets better. . .when you look at the Ordinance introduction: WHEREAS, the Borough Council...has an obligation to ensure public safety and the quality of life of those residing and those visiting the Borough...Gee I thought property taxes was supposed to be used to pay for all this. I guess BW doesn't pay enough? ...but I just love the next statement: WHEREAS, a change in hour of operations of premises licensed to sell alcoholic beverages is required to prevent further deterioration of public safety and quality of life...but we have EXCEPTIONS!
Mike Corbally April 15, 2012 at 04:14 PM
You aren't a resident or taxpayer! What is the fascination?
Chief Wahoo April 15, 2012 at 07:09 PM
perhaps some people just dont like hypocrites and like to call them out, no matter where they live
Cathy Kelly April 15, 2012 at 09:02 PM
chief,I just looked at some of your comments and wow,you are one angry puppy,maybe you should get out and take a nice walk on this beautiful day. haha
Marlene Blotto April 16, 2012 at 01:08 AM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Darlene is Tom. I saw her slip up myself. Think she had a belly full of Sangria ! She and Cathy are reasons Denise needs to consider an early shut down of the Patch.
Cathy Kelly April 16, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Marlene,every time you post something,I get more impressed with you...hahahahahaha you are just to intelligent for me...haha
Cathy Kelly April 16, 2012 at 01:55 AM
mb,turns out that we know some of the same people so I think you should switch it again,haha
Marlene Blotto April 16, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Cathy--- I do not know anyone you know. You and Darlene are the fake posters that wobble all night.
Cathy Kelly April 16, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Marlene.yes you do haha...like I said,time to switch and this time,don't tell anyone,haha
Cathy Kelly April 16, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Marlene,and I wouldn't be talking about wobbling if I were you...haha you wouldn't want me to start bringing things up now would you?
Marlene Blotto April 17, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Cathy: Why not ? Are you threatening again ? Got something factual to say about me? Time to spit it out !
Cathy Kelly April 18, 2012 at 01:23 AM
threatening really? haha..Just thought I would give you the heads up on how you like to insult me and the fact is that we know the same people so I actually don't have to guess who you are,,,I know who you are..... I also know that there are things that could be said that you probably don't want to be said so I was actually trying to be nice and let you know to back off before I start talking but if you would like,we could make this an open discussion for all to see....your choice...even I have compassion at times....haha
Marlene Blotto April 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Can you tell me please? I would like to know.


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