Outdoor dining comes to Heights

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SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — Borough restaurants may now open for outdoor dining, following the adoption of an amended version of ordinance no. 2020-03 during Monday night’s mayor and council meeting.

Having heard from restaurant owners and residents prior to their vote, council members agreed to alter the proposed ordinance before unanimously adopting it. The amendments included the removal of a ban on picnic tables and a clause permitting the use of outdoor dining tents during States of Emergency only.

The council also set outdoor dining hours from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily and waived first-year permit fees, a move in keeping with Mayor Christopher Campion’s promotion of the new ordinance as a lifeline for eateries struggling due to the novel coronavirus.

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