BELMAR, NJ — Belmar has given the organizers of the upcoming Bartoberfest — billed as “the largest charity bar crawl the town has ever seen” — until Friday, October 13 to cancel the event or face court action.
Bartoberfest is planned for Saturday, October 21 from noon to 2 p.m., with eight participating bars in Belmar and Lake Como, according to a website by Ucrawl Bar Crawl of Asbury Park, which is hosting the event with sponsor Shore Point Distributing Inc. of Wall.
Citing public safety concerns and the organizers' failure to obtain proper permits, Belmar Attorney Gregory Cannon has notified Shore Point President James Annarella that if the unsanctioned event is not canceled, the borough will seek a court injunction to halt it.
“The presence of hundreds, possibly thousands, of intoxicated visitors walking and crossing borough streets and state highways without sufficient advance warning to the borough police department creates an enormous public safety risk in our town,” Cannon wrote in a letter to Annarella. “It was only by happenstance reporting by local residents that the Borough of Belmar received any warning whatsoever of Shore Point Distributing’s planned event.
“The borough’s paramount concern is public safety when it comes to these types,” he wrote. “Your failure to abide by the borough code will undoubtedly create risks for the public should the event go forward.”
Under borough ordinance, permits are required for large events held on public or private property, as well as those that would require additional borough resources, including police and public works. Neither Shore Point nor Ucrawl applied for such permits for Bartoberfest.
Attempts to reach Annarella and representatives of the Ucrawl Bar Crawl division of UF Events were unsuccessful.
According to the Ucrawl website, the event is slated to begin at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como and continue to the following bars in this order: Boathouse, Jack’s Tavern, 10th Ave Burrito, Anchor Tavern, Klein’s, all in Belmar, and Joe's Saloon and Paul’s Tavern, both in Lake Como.
Tickets are $25 per person or $20 per person in groups of four, and a portion of every ticket sold would benefit Move for Hunger, according to the website. Tickets include a T-shirt, drink specials, VIP crawl pass, food discounts and giveaways.
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