The following was addressed to Sherry Mason, Seaside Haven administrator and borough clerk.
The Beach Haven Taxpayers’ Association has usually been supportive of our business enterprise community and commerce, particularly in gentle of the pandemic. The pandemic has transformed anything about how a restaurant does business enterprise, which indicates all businesses are having innovative in terms of supply, takeout and outdoor seating and distance seating arrangements. Though we are supportive of versatile outside dining possibilities, we aid the steps that are becoming taken to harmony public basic safety and the financial expansion of our restaurant businesses. We, hence, assist the constraints proposed in the outside eating ordinance linked to pedestrian obtain.
The borough was doing its best to offer some aid by permitting the eating places use their parking lots and sidewalks. But to close general public and needed parking spaces at the expenditure of the public’s security, wellness and welfare is not the alternative.
As the deputy mayor of Harvey Cedars astutely said in a commentary in The SandPaper on Jan. 19, “The people who are living around our dining establishments will need to be respected and their issues addressed. Illegal parking must be enforced.” We, hence, support the limitations proposed that outside eating need to not use public and essential institution parking.
BHTA are not able to support any even further limits that ended up not imposed for the duration of the pandemic as the Omicron virus has not dissipated. For illustration, Part 137-5R restricts the use of reside entertainment in the out of doors dining parts. If other outside tunes ought to comply with the borough sounds ordinances in thing to consider of firms and household neighbors as stated in this ordinance, further more restricting our restaurants is onerous and not needed. We really should enable restaurateurs manage their enterprise in the boundaries already existing. The code defines “establishment” as places to eat, eating institutions and foods courts, which would preclude present-day institutions that entertain our taxpayers and visitors with outside the house dwell entertainment, i.e. The Engleside Resort, The Sea Shell Vacation resort and Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club.
The ordinance is trying to limit the noise aspect, which is tackled by the sound ordinance. All this is doing is denying employment to our musicians in the space whilst other venues and restaurants have live outside new music in their dining parts. Is this generating a condition the place destinations that historically have had live musicians outside would have to quit employing are living musicians, or is there a grandfather clause?
Position creation is very good for Beach Haven. Position development advantages all taxpayers by retaining dollars in the neighborhood neighborhood, supporting community firms and contributing to our nonprofit charitable corporations. Making an attempt to eradicate are living songs from the borough that depends on tourism for its financial state would possibly final result in sending buyers to locations outdoors of the borough, putting companies at a competitive disadvantage. This not only is poor for the restaurant small business, but will have a residual effect for the whole commercial district. A thriving organization community demonstrates prosperity and vitality. Without having business guidance and tourism, we have a stagnant town and taxes will enhance.
As organizations are battling to recover from the pandemic, BHTA believes ordinances ought to be proposed in guidance of and not to the detriment of the industrial district. We feel the ordinance really should be a framework for the land use board, and this ordinance is overly proscriptive.
BHTA cannot support Ordinance 2022-01C as presently drafted. Significant modifications are required. The ordinance adequately addresses parking and community protection worries and the quantity of patrons authorized in the out of doors dining venues. Enforcement is important, but prospective troubles ought to not imply abandoning one thing that is superior for taxpayers, people and organizations. Outdoor dining is very good for company, the economic climate and Seaside Haven when it is hassle-free, cozy and protected for patrons and the public at large.
John Hailperin, president
Seaside Haven Taxpayers’ Affiliation