BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — After approving a total of 15 liquor licenses earlier this month, the Belmar and Lake Como councils have given the thumbs up on another four.
In Belmar, year-round liquor licenses from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 were renewed for Anchor Tavern at 713-715 Main Street and 10th Avenue Burrito Company at 801 Belmar Plaza. In addition, a club license for the same period was renewed for the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh at the Jersey Shore at 815-817 16th Avenue.
Before voting to approve the Anchor Tavern license, held by Point Pleasant Beach-based Chef’s International, council members Patricia Wann and Thomas Carvelli called for a change in language to ensure “shush patrols” are required from Memorial Day to Labor Day at the establishment.
Although Anchor is located in Belmar’s downtown district, nearby residents in the past have complained about the noise level when the warm weather ushers the start of live music on its outdoor patio. The situation prompted the borough council last year to move up the time by one hour for live outdoor music to conclude at 10 p.m. — keeping in line with the borough’s noise ordinance.
With no public comment on the renewals during its June 18 meeting, Mayor Mark Walsifer, James McCracken, Thomas Carvelli and Patricia Wann voted in favor of them. Council President Thomas Brennan recused himself from voting on each measure since he is a professional musician who may at times perform at these establishments.
In Lake Como, the borough council unanimously approved on June 18 the year-round liquor license — also from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 — of McCann’s Tavern at 1704 Main Street. Its license renewal once again permits outdoor dining in front of the establishment from July through October 15 and resuming on April 15, 2020.
Voting in favor of the renewal application were Mayor Kevin Higgins, Council President Douglas Witte, and council members Virginia Kropac, Hawley Scull, Christopher D’Antuono and David Gardner.
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