MANASQUAN — Manasquan Elks Lodge 2534 received approval from the borough planning board on Tuesday to continue offering a tented, outdoor seating area in its south parking lot from April through November each year.
The lodge, at 17 Stockton Lake Blvd., was granted an expansion of a nonconforming use, needed because it is located in a residential zone.
John Colvin, the lodge exalted ruler, told the board, “During COVID, we and all establishments were granted a use on our property for outdoor food and beverage … Members were able to go inside our tap room, purchase their beverages, order their lunch, go outside, sit and enjoy themselves. The food would be delivered to them through our back kitchen door,” he said.
“But we want to make this permanent, so when we renew our liquor license every year,” the lodge can set up the seasonal outdoor seating area without having to seek a special permit, Mr. Colvin said.
The temporary outdoor area for tables and chairs would be about 40-by-60 feet total, with a tented section and an uncovered section.
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