Midnight Closing for Belmar Bars Not a Possibility

Mayor, council do not support the idea

Would Belmar consider a midnight closing time for bars?

Mayor Matt Doherty and Council President Claire Deicke do not support the idea, posed by a resident who lives near D'Jais.

The last serving time is currently 2 a.m., but a neighbor to D'Jais asked if the council would ever consider bumping it to midnight to help improve the quality of life for those who live near a bar or tavern in Belmar.

Mayor Matt Doherty simply said no, he would not welcome the suggestion.

"I would never support a 12 o'clock closing," he said at the last council meeting.

Councilman James Bean mentioned that attempts to change closing times elsewhere were met with legal woes for the municipalities.

"Didn’t Point (Pleasant Beach) have this battle? The state stepped in," Bean said.

On Tuesday night, the Point Pleasant Beach Council voted unanimously to drop the midnight bar closing proposal and will vote in January to rescind the ordinance for the earlier closing. In exchange, Jenkinson's has pledged to drop its lawsuit against the earlier bar closing measure as well as a lawsuit against an overnight parking plan and has also promised to pay over $1 million over the next 20 years towards any boardwalk repair costs not reimbursed through state or FEMA aid.

The mayor said the measure to change closing times in Belmar likely wouldn't have much support.

Diecke said she takes the resident's complaint seriously that bars are creating quality-of-life issues for neighbors, and went about the task of investigating.

She decided to experience the conditions for herself, staying up through closing time with local police to witness what a busy summer night is like, and she said she was impressed by the order and decorum of patrons, police and bar staff.

"There's actually something called a 'shush patrol' hired by the bars, keeping a lid on everything," Diecke said.

She went out on Memorial Day this year to see the neighborhood conditions leading up to closing time.

"I had not ever done that before, but I had seen no major issues. Almost nothing," Diecke said, adding she was impressed by a large police presence, just in case.

"I can’t tell you how many police were milling. I was thrilled to see them. Pleased with their presence and how they were conducting ourselves," she said. 

jenni December 21, 2012 at 01:13 PM
'Kids having fun?" Public urination, foul language so loud you have to keep the windows shut so the kids don't hear, not being able to walk near D'Jsis along the ocean with the kids to avoid the language and behavior. Maybevthere are policecrightvin front of the bar butvlook into behavior just a few blocks away Blame the neighbors for renting to the idiots? Renters would never behave at home like they do here. Sitting at the curb drinking, getting high and swearing until sunrise. Stop landlords from renting to hoards of mindless partiers in a family neighborhood. And stop protecting the owner of D'Jais. Properties near the bar cheaper? Taxes cheaper? Don't be stupid. Bad behavior should not be tolerated anywhere at anytime. Check the location of most of the CDS arrests. Most up and down 18th ave.
Belmartian December 21, 2012 at 01:36 PM
YES! Properties near bar MUCH cheaper! Why didnt you buy a house in Sea Girt or Spring Lake. They don't have this problem do they? If you wanted not to live in a town where there are a few summer rentals and no crazy bars you should not have bought a house in Belmar close to the bars.
Frank Ross January 01, 2013 at 03:55 PM
What is it with A-Holes that move to an area and then want to change what was there . You know what,,,,Move the Faaaaa out. When clubs and businesses are in a area first you who move in are a guest. Plane and simple. Like all the A-Holes from north jersey and NY who moved around Englishtown Race Track. Tough Chit ,, Raceway Park is landmark . People are totally Faaaa'kd up
BeachBetty January 31, 2013 at 05:07 PM
The end punctuation after a question should be followed by "?" Plane is spelled PLAIN. "North Jersey" should be capitalized. Racetrack is one word.
bert February 01, 2013 at 12:39 PM
belmar had a 12 o clock closing 25 years ago. didnt work. went back to 2 am. ive lived here for almost 40 years and i can tell you one thing. the day the bars were removed was the day the town started dying. this town is dead now. vacant homes and lots where the bars once were. main st. non existent. and our school system choked with our "new" renters. like was stated previously, dont like it then spring lake and sea girt are waiting for you.


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