Manasquan tables VFW post’s liquor license renewal

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MANASQUAN — The liquor license renewal for Manasquan VFW Post 1838 hit more snags Monday night in a nearly two-hour long dialog among borough officials, residents and the post attorney that ended with the application being tabled for the second time this month.

The liquor license had first been scheduled for renewal at the Sept. 8 borough council meeting, but was tabled after two neighbors of the post voiced concerns over noise violations, drunken driving and the construction of an outdoor bar. On Monday night, several residents returned with similar complaints.

Mayor Ed Donovan said that after listening to the residents on Sept. 8, he had asked construction, code and zoning officials to investigate their complaints and compile a report of their findings. However, the report was still pending on Monday night,  Borough Administrator Tom Flarity said. 

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The state’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control has extended liquor license renewals for 2020-2021 from June 30 until Wednesday, Sept. 30 due to the pandemic. To meet the state’s deadline for the liquor license renewal, the borough has scheduled a special meeting, to be held virtually, next Wednesday, at which time the VFW Post 1838 is expected to be considered again.

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