Petition Started to Extend Seasonal Liquor License for St. Paddy’s Day
An online petition has started for Gov. Chris Christie to sign legislation extending the seasonal liquor license by two months. So far, it's close to 1,000 signatures.
The petition started in Monmouth and Ocean counties to be able to serve alcohol in time for St. Patrick's Day at the shore. In these counties, nine establishments operate under seasonal liquor licenses. Which means, with St. Patrick's Day coming up, these bars won't be open.
Under this new legislation, alcohol could be served between March 1 and November 14, versus it starting on May 1.
The goal is to have this legislation signed in time for the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick's Day Parade, which attracts thousands of people. Petitioners say this new legislation would be great for business, and give jobs to 350 employees for 8 extra weeks.
Opponents on the other hand, argue it would hurt businesses that pay for year-round liquor licenses.
Bill A1850 passed in both houses of State Legislature, and is just waiting on Gov. Chris Christie's signature. Christie previously signed executive orders allowing seasonal bars to open March 1, as way to recover after Hurricane Sandy. Unfortunately, the bill wasn't signed again in 2016.
Philly Voice says, as of Monday, the petition has reached 987 signatures.
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