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Point Beach Council Votes Yes for New Ordinances for Earlier Bar Closings

However, the vote was only for preliminary approval; a public hearing and adoption of ordinances still to come

The Point Beach Borough Council has voted narrowly for preliminary approval to mandate that bars stop serving alcohol at midnight or pay fees.

Council members William Mayer, Tim Lurie and Stephen Reid voted against introducing a new ordinance calling for bars to stop serving alcohol at midnight and a second ordinance offering bars the option to pay a fee to serve from midnight to 2 a.m.

Council members Kristine Tooker, Bret Gordon, Michael Corbally and Mayor Vincent Barrella voted yes on both ordinances.

In the borough council form of government, the mayor only votes to break a tie.

On last night's agenda, both concepts, i.e. mandating that bars stop serving alcohol at midnight and how they can pay a fee to serve beyond that time, were both encompassed in

However, during the meeting Barrella said they were taking that one ordinance, 2012-15, and breaking it down into two separate ordinances, the first regarding hours and the second regarding the option to pay fees to serve beyond from midnight to 2 a.m.

A second reading, public hearing and adoption of the those two ordinances is scheduled for the council meeting on May 1. The meetings start at 6:30 p.m. with closed sessions and then the council comes out into the public meeting at about 7 p.m.

Earlier in the meeting, the council voted 4 to 2 against

Council members Gordon, Mayer, Lurie and Reid voted against the original ordinance, after a motion to table it failed.

Although he did not say so, it is expected that Gordon voted no on the original ordinance because he preferred the new ordinance regarding bars serving alcohol only until midnight or paying fees to serve until 2 a.m.

before the new ordinance was drafted.

See first attachment for the original ordinance and the second attachment for the new ordinance , 2012-15 (which was broken down into two ordinances as described above).

The meeting was crowded, with many standing along the sides of the meeting room.

A number of those attending were owners, attorneys and employees of Jenkinson's and Martells, along with representatives of other businesses and many residents.

It was clear from sentiments expressed at the microphone during public comment periods that people had divergent opinions on the issue of when bars should have to stop serving alcohol or pay fines. However, when it came to applause, it seemed like those against the earlier deadline for serving alcohol had the greatest number of supporters in the room.

Ron Gasiorowski, an attorney for Jenkinson's and Martell's, spoke at the microphone after the vote. He asked Corbally if he has a conflict of interest in voting for the earlier bar closings because he is a Realtor at a local real estate office in District 4 and he might stand to make more money on commissions if there are earlier bar closings.

Corbally responded that he did not think he had any conflict of interest because he believed the earlier bar closings would help improve the quality of life for the town and improving quality of life was an objective he had campaigned on.

Owners and attorneys for Jenkinson's and Martell's said after the meeting that they did not have an immediate response to the vote. However, Gasiorowski has said in the past that his clients will legally challenge any decision to mandate that bars either stop serving alcohol earlier or pay additional fees.

Been here before April 24, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Councilman----You really don’t need me to go through the public record for you, do you? I’m talking council minutes, patch and newspaper articles, the lawyer’s letter published on the patch, the draft and enacted ordinances, published campaign materials and the like. Here are the established facts 1) BW offered money---minutes---comments in paper, lawyer’s letter; 2) Council tabled ordinances due to “ongoing negotiations”---- same; 3) Bw withdrew offer because Barrella “you, Mr. Mayor” had been trying to “coerce exorbitant sums of money” --- lawyer letter; 4) Barrella, Tooker, Gordon and Corbally all campaigned on "we can make the BW pay what they should" campaign materials, newspaper articles; 4) Mayer, Reid, and Lurie campaigned on "we can’t force them but we can work with them"—same. The rest is simple deduction---only the numbers come (as they have to many of us) from sources on council side and on BW side.
Spooner April 24, 2012 at 10:30 PM
'Been here'...remember when Ms. Di Stephan posted this at 10:20 pm on Wednesday, April 18, 2012...To our readers: There may be a technical problem with our comments system since no new comments have been posted in hours...I have reported this to our editors and technical support staff and hopefully this will be corrected soon... ...this was Councilman Corbally's reply... ...They can take their time! The Barrella gang doesn't want to be confronted with facts. . .and when they are. . .they have NO reply...and all Corbally and their shills can write are personal invectives against the messengers here. I guess that's his idea of Leadership? So we've been waiting Mr. Corbally. . .for the Council's response to the leaked allegations!
Cathy Kelly April 24, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Spooner,you were asked over and over again. Do you live and pay taxes in the Beach? I think that until you answer that question,none of your questions should be answered. As a matter of fact,I will make that question my standard reply to every post that you make..
Mr. Happy April 25, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Spooner is a Boro resident, with a Beach obsession. Friend and/or relative of BWalk interests.
Better Living April 25, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Spooner is a "wanna-be" Beach resident. Isn't there enough chaos in the Boro to demand your attention? Go get a life...

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