Outdoor Dining Area Approved on Trial Basis in Beach Haven

Aug 15, 2018

A resolution adopted by the Beach Haven Borough Council will allow a restaurant owner to serve beer and wine in a small outdoor dining area. Michael Battista said the area consists of four tables outside of Triton Craft Beer and Oyster Bar, located at 308 Centre St. next to his Marlin Restaurant and Bar. At Triton, patrons can drink beer and wine inside and also in another outdoor area.

However, permission was needed because the four tables are located on an easement owned by the borough, even though Battista is responsible for maintaining it.

“It’s an unlicensed area” for alcohol use, said Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis. “The other outdoor area is on the property he owns, so there is no problem there.”

Davis also noted that the resolution calls for a trial basis, ending Oct. 1.

“At that point, we’ll revisit the issue,” she said.

Council members Jim White and Tom Lynch voted against the resolution.

“In a family-oriented community, I don’t like the idea of consuming alcoholic beverages out in the open,” he said.

“I think this is good,” said Councilman Donald Kakstis. “It makes us vibrant and alive.”

Originally the resolution called for the outdoor area to be open until 10 p.m., but the council changed it until 9. Battista did not object.

“I support what Mike (Battista) is doing,” said William Burris, a partner in several establishments. “It’s no different than what is happening at other places.” E.E. 

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