Belmar Liquor Stores Open Sunday Morning

Borough amends ordinance in time for St. Patty's parade

Belmar's governing body on Monday adopted an amendment to its alcohol ordinance that allows liquor stores to be open on Sunday mornings.

The mayor and council held a special meeting to adopt the measure, which received a 5-0 affirmative vote, so licensed alcohol distributors could sell packaged goods beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays -- just in time for the on March 4.

When the governing body earlier this month allowing restaurants to serve drinks on Sunday mornings, they inadvertantly failed to include liquor stores.

Mayor Matthew Doherty has said that when the governing body amended the ordinance on Feb. 1 to allow the sale of alcohol beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays, they , but due to the language of the amendment, the new ordinance only covered consumption, which meant liquor stores still couldn't open shop before noon as the ordinance says.

Since the governing body wanted licensed distributors to be able to take advantage of the , the mayor and council scheduled the special meeting to adopt the amendment, introduced Feb. 15, to its second and final reading, Doherty has said.

"(The original amendment) was supposed to change the hours of operations for the consumption and distribution of alcohol in all of Belmar. We only did it for the consumption and not for the distribution, so we inadvertantly left out the stores that sell retail. So this (new amendment) will simply fix that error on our part," Doherty has said.

Ex February 28, 2012 at 11:16 PM
I think they want to maximize alcohol consumption on parade day. This is what our mayor is concerned about
Holly February 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I think the mayor is trying to woo the Jersey Shore crowd. Maybe Snooki is the Grand Marshall of the parade. This is a disgrace.
flyerjon February 29, 2012 at 01:23 AM
belmar all most as worse as keansberg and asbury
Inez Easton February 29, 2012 at 07:34 PM
If the parade goers are drunk they might not notice what a poor job the Mayor is doing.
Leigh Kelsey O'Donnell March 05, 2012 at 03:21 PM
As a life-long Belmar resident, I honestly don't think that this new ordinance detracts from the town's image. If opening a liquor store two hours earlier one day a week suddenly makes Belmar solely concerned about alcohol consumption, then I suggest that people take the time to learn about the town's abundance of positive attributes.


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