MORRISTOWN, NJ -  As restaurants are given the green light to serve customers outdoors, Morristown and local restaurants began to think outside the box. Some suggested that maybe Morristown would be able to close South Street to allow for expanded outdoor dining.

Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty announced that South Street would not be allowed to be closed off to due to state restrictions. That denial prompted Senator Anthony M. Bucco and local residents to write letters and start a petition.

Senator Bucco send a letter to the New Jersey Department of Transportation to stand in alliance with Mayor Dougherty.

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“I support Mayor Dougherty’s efforts to support struggling businesses along South Street and look forward to working with him to get this done,” said Bucco (R-25).

To read Senator Bucco's letter, click https://www.tapinto.net/towns/morristown/sections/local-government-news/articles/njdot-urged-to-reconsider-morristown-s-plan-to-expand-outdoor-dining.

The petition titled, DOT: Let Mayor Dougehrty Close South St. - Morristown Restaurants Need the Business, was started by three local residents. Organizers are hoping that the petition will help reverse the DOT's previous denial. As of Wednesday, June 10, 611 residents have signed the petition. Organizers are hoping to have 1,000 sign. To sign the petition, click HERE