Point Pleasant locals were disturbed by the early morning ruckus and rowdy behavior on the boardwalk. Back in May, the borough council passed an ordinance that requires the bars, including Jenkinson’s Boardwalk and Martell’s Tiki Bar, to close at midnight instead of 2 a.m. starting in July.
This past Tuesday, the borough council turned down the $800,000 fee that bars had been paying the borough for over five years. The fee paid for more police patrols in the area, and allowed bars to remain open until 2 a.m.
But the council wasn’t having it this year, and according to an AP article on NJ.com, Mayor Vincent Barrella and several council members engaged in a bitter debate, citing bad behavior by bar patrons, “including public urination and defecation.”
While Montclair’s nightlife may not be as hopping as Point Pleasant’s, the local complaints against the South Park Sports bar, including the 12 charges filed against the bar by Montclair’s municipal prosecutor, will be discussed at Tuesday night’s liquor license renewal hearing. Residents will have a chance to voice their objections to the bar’s license renewal. A separate disciplinary hearing to officially address the 12 charges will occur at a later date which has not been decided yet.
Nancy LeRoy, the Siena resident who has spearheaded the local reaction against the bar, said that about 20 people have offered their support from Church Street, and 30 people from the Siena were co-signers on the complaint filed on May 11.
LeRoy said that she otherwise loves vibrant nightlife in the downtown area, but feels that the corner of South Park and Church Street deserves something better than the sports bar. During the past two years and nine months, police have responded to calls about the bar 94 times.
What do you think of having restrictions placed on the bar’s liquor license? Do you think a 12 a.m. closing time is necessary in Montclair? Tell us in our poll.