Belmar Council OKs 4 Liquor Licenses, Sends 2 Renewals to Trenton


BELMAR, NJ — The Belmar Council has renewed four liquor licenses and referred two others to the N.J. Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control because it lacked a quorum for approval.

Receiving annual renewals on July 11 for licenses effective on the first of this month were the following establishments, including their “trading as” business and corporate names: Jack’s Tavern (Jobil Inc.), Riverview and Waterview Pavilions (Pat’s Diner Inc.), Hanley’s Liquors (Arpado Inc.) and 10th Ave. Burrito Co. (Irish Curse, LLC).

Council members Brian Magovern, Jennifer Nicolay and Mark Walsifer voted in favor of the approvals — representing a quorum and allowing for passage of the resolutions — since Mayor Matthew Doherty and Thomas Brennan recused themselves from the vote.

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There are several conditions placed on 10th Ave. Burrito Co.’s license. Its outdoor dining area must be enclosed with controlled access points through the restaurant and on Belmar Plaza only. At least one security person must be placed outside the entrances on Belmar Plaza on Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to closing, as well as on “high-volume” holidays — efforts that must be coordinated with the Belmar Police Department. Also live music is limited to three instruments, and heavy percussion instruments are prohibited. The establishment also must ensure the upkeep of the outside of the premises after closing each night.

On the remaining two “club” liquor licenses, there were not enough council members eligible to vote for a quorum to be met on those applications — Belmar Fishing Club and the Order of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore. Nicolay and Walsifer belong to the Belmar Fishing Club, and Mayor Doherty, Magovern, Brennan and Walsifer are members of the Shillelagh club. As a result, the governing body approved resolutions that allow the state ABC to review and renew the “conflict” licenses.

During the public hearing on the applications, Luis Pulido of Dina Manor Apartments asked that Councilman Walsifer recuse himself from the vote on a Boathouse Bar & Grill application due to a conflict of interest. Before last year’s borough council elections, the establishment offered free food and drink to supporters of Walsifer and running mate Josh Vallario, according to Pulido.

Walsifer said he had no knowledge of the offer and had no conflict of interest. After consulting with three attorneys, he said he would vote on the application.  However, the Boathouse license renewal was not on the July 11 agenda.

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