Elks seek approval to host event during seafood fest

The Point Pleasant Elks are seeking approval to again hold an event during the Seafood Festival held in the fall in Point Pleasant Beach. [FILE PHOTO]

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The Point Pleasant Elks have once again applied to be a part of the festivities surrounding the annual Seafood Festival presented by the Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce.

On April 9, Anne Marie O’Hare and Bob Byrnes, of local Elks Lodge #1698, filed an application to hold an event during the festival, which takes place in the fall and draws tens of thousands to the borough.

Prior to last year, the Elks had for years presented Oktoberfest during the chamber’s Seafood Festival until the borough denied the permit last year, with Chief Joseph Michigan citing security concerns.

Instead, Oktoberfest, which raises funds for the Elks’ community outreach programs, was held at a nearby park in 2018 with the support of Point Pleasant Borough. The event was rebranded as Elks in the Park.

According to Ms. O’Hare, on April 17 she checked on the status of the Elks application sent to the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control [ABC], the same application the organization had been submitting for years in order to have the Oktoberfest included in this year’s Seafood Festival.

Ms. O’Hare told The Ocean Star the status of the application read, “Please hold pending governing body’s review.”

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