Parker House liquor license renewed, with conditions

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The Parker House, opened in 1878, had its liquor licensed renewed for another summer season. [DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS | THE COAST STAR]

SEA GIRT — The borough council voted unanimously to renew the liquor license of the Parker House on June 27, following a lengthy report from Police Chief Kevin Davenport.

The license is accompanied by 13 conditions, which the chief described as “essential, reasonable and necessary to gain compliance with locals and regulations governing the sale and service of alcohol” by the establishment.

He especially emphasized the importance of two of the 13 conditions — one requiring that “Close Circuit TV recorders shall be placed in various places about the premises” and the other requiring the Parker House to “post a security employee among persons waiting to enter to check IDs and reduce passing ID documents.”

The chief said that there were 69 arrests in or around the Parker House during 2017 — 31 of them for charges related to ejected patrons refusing to leave or trying to return to the establishment.

Charles Sapienza, Sea Girt’s Alcoholic Beverage Control attorney, said that the number of ejections for over-intoxication “tells a story that something is not quite right,” concerning the service of alcohol, but, like the police, chief, Mr. Sapienza credited the establishment’s efforts to address the issue and he joined the chief in recommending renewal of the liquor license.

“There have been no adjudications that the Parker House has been out of compliance,” Mr. Sapienza told the council. He also underlined the necessity for the license’s 13 conditions and said the Parker House should strictly adhere to them.

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