Columnist Jen A. Miller says it's time to recognize the overwhelming vote against the BYOB initiative and move on.
Byob In Ocean City
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Ocean City voters reject a bid to allow "Bring Your Own Bottle" restaurants in the dry town.
Voters went to the polls on Tuesday and sent a clear message: Don't change Ocean City. In a 3,365 to 1,526 vote, Ocean City residents defeated a ballot question that asked voters if they want to change the local ordinance prohibiting "Bring Your Own Bottle" (BYOB) restaurants in the dry town. The election results includes vote-by-mail ballots, but are not official until the City Clerk's Office certifies them. Click on the attached PDF to see a breakdown of votes by ward and district. To check for the latest updates, visit the city's website: ocnj.us/election. The vote ends 16 months of passionate debate in Ocean City about the issue, and election night ended with two rivals shaking hands at City Hall. Bill McGinnity, the chef and …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Voters decide BYOB question and City Council races on May 8.
Ocean City Patch invites readers to share election-day comments, observations and images here. Voters today are deciding a public ballot question on allowing BYOB restaurants in Ocean City, and they are picking City Council representatives for each of the city's four wards. Our news and comment stream will be updated throughout the day. To comment, enter your name and comment in the fields below the news stream above. No password required.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Everything you need to know about the May 8 municipal election.
It all began — in a 21st-century sorta way — with a Facebook page. It gathered steam when two restaurant owners (one now out of business) took the lead on starting a movement. They said they were inspired, in part, by a newspaper editorial (Jan. 19, 2011). And now, about 475 days and several thousand Ocean City Patch comments later, it will all come to an end on Tuesday: the Great BYOB Debate of 2011-12. Voters go to the polls on Tuesday, May 8, to decide a binding public question on allowing "Bring Your Own Bottle" (BYOB) restaurants in Ocean City. Voters from each of the city's four wards will also pick representatives for City Council. Here's what you need to know: WHERE TO VOTE AND FIND RESULTS CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE PROFILES …
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Ocean City resident Rhonda Van Wingerden argues against the BYOB initiative.
To the Editor: Clearly, those on either side of the BYOB issue have already made up their minds and won't likely be swayed by a single opinion. But to my friends and neighbors in the middle still undecided, I'll offer my two cents. As a dry town, Ocean City has the one thing that sets it apart from every other shore vacation destination on the coast. It is an attraction that no other town is likely to adopt and one that, once surrendered, would be very difficult to regain. A change to our city's character and status as drastic as BYOB — with all the known and unknown negatives that will arise from it — should not be risked unless it would benefit the entire community and not just a handful of businesses that knew this was a dry town when …
A former Collingswood resident describes the effect of BYOB on the town.
To the Editor: I've been asked to speak in favor of BYOB in Ocean City from my experience working in Collingswood during its renaissance. I am truly neutral on this issue for a few reasons: I can tell you what I observed in Collingswood that might help. First let me say that "Colls" is a town that works together on issues and tends to find creative ways to solve its problems. Mayor Malley was proud and satisfied with the results of the changes. They don't seem to have the control issues that exist in Ocean City. When I began working there, Haddon Avenue had deteriorating buildings, struggling and closing businesses. Simultaneously, the police experienced destruction and violence regularly on the part of the young people who were out in the…
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The robo-calls do not identify a sponsor.
A new robo-poll made the rounds starting at the end of last week and continuing over the weekend. As in mid-March, automated calls went out to Ocean City residences (many on the national Do Not Call Registry), and a recorded voice asked: Unlike the last recorded poll, this one continued further — to ask about voter preferences for First Ward candidates Michael DeVlieger and Fred Hoffman. The recording ended by saying that the call was not paid for by either candidate or either BYOB political committee. It said the call originated outside of New Jersey and was in "total compliance" with the Do Not Call Registry. The poll did not identify its sponsor. Patch readers identified the caller ID as 609-398-0355 — a number answered by a message …
BYOB committees and City Council candidates report few new contributions.
The political committee opposing the BYOB ballot question in the May 8 election collected another $3,092 in recent weeks, bringing total contributions to $14,648. That total figure is far greater than the $3,930 collected by the political committee supporting BYOB — but hardly the six-figure war chest that some had predicted before the election. In general, the political committees and nine City Council candidates have collected and spent relatively little money. The state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) released 11-day pre-election campaign finance reports at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Since 1973, ELEC has required candidates and political committees to disclose to the public certain information on campaign contributors and campaign …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The "Bring Your Own Bottle" question will be decided in one week.
One week remains until the Tuesday, May 8, election decides the contentious BYOB question. The public will decide in a binding ballot question whether to allow patrons to bring their own beer and wine to Ocean City restaurants. Ocean City's resort economy has been a central part of arguments on both sides of the issue — with the supporters of the initiative suggesting that BYOB restaurants could help Ocean City become a year-round shopping and dining destination, and with opponents suggesting that BYOB could jeopardize Ocean City's golden reputation as a "family resort." The Ocean City Restaurant Association voted to launch the petition drive that led to the May 8 public question, but the rest of Ocean City's prominent trade groups have …
The city will release results by text, website, TV, Facebook and Twitter.
The City of Ocean City is working on a plan to provide quick results of the highly anticipated May 8 municipal election that will decide four City Council seats and the public ballot question on allowing BYOB restaurants in the dry town. “With all the technology available today, the city has an excellent opportunity to share updates and results quickly to all property owners, businesses and visitors following the election,” City Clerk Linda MacIntrye said. “Our challenge is to try and meet the needs of our customers, including technology-savvy citizens, who want election information sent to multiple types of electronic devices. That’s why this year’s election results will be communicated using some of the newest technology available.” …