BARNEGAT, NJ - Like everyone else, there's a good chance that local Barnegat officials looked forward to dining away from the confines of their home. Governor Murphy's directive allowing for outside dining proved to be a welcome opportunity. Three of the local representatives were recently spotted at a local eatery on the first day it opened outside.

On June 15, Committeemen Al Cirulli and  Al Bille and Township Administrator Marty Lisella took advantage of the great weather and had lunch under the tent at the East Bay Grill in  downtown Barnegat.  Prior to the pandemic, the restaurant already had the necessary permits to offer outdoor dining.

A couple of weeks ago, the Barnegat Township Committee passed a resolution allowing other local eateries to apply for temporary permits to also offer outdoor dining. According to Lisella, he and Bille personally visited restaurants without permits and explained the expedited process for obtaining them.

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"We are committed to supporting our local businesses," said Bille. "We also encourage our residents to frequent our fine restaurants and shops."

A list of local restaurants offering outdoor dining appears here.  Send your photos of your local outside dining dates to  And, if you happen to spot a local official while you're out, please ask them to pose for a picture as well.