POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's top
liquor regulator is due to decide Friday whether Point Pleasant beach's midnight
bar closing law should go into effect Sunday.
The director of the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control is scheduled
to issue a ruling on a request by boardwalk bars to block the law from taking
effect this weekend. The bars say the borough has tried to extort money from
them if they want to continue to stay open until 2 a.m.
The Borough Council passed the midnight closing law to try to crack down on
early morning rowdiness by bar patrons returning to their cars in residential
neighborhoods. Negotiations that would have had the bars pay extra fees to fund
more police patrols fell apart.