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Little Silver Considers Referendum For First Liquor License

LITTLE SILVER: Borough Council welcomed public opinion at a recent council meeting, and may consider a referendum, on whether to sell its first liquor license.

Currently, diners who want to go out to dinner and have a drink have to BYOB. There's no bars, taverns or pubs in Little Silver.

But earlier this fall one resident floated the idea of whether issuing a liquor license is something the borough would do, and at the November 17 meeting of borough council, officials heard public opinion on the proposal.

A number of suggestions sought a referendum, where the public would vote on whether it wanted this type of business in town.

Currently, there are no liquor licenses in Little Silver, although there is a large enough population for the state ABC to issue one. But does Little Silver even want it? At the previous discussion in September, council members wondered if the town would be changing its character and how residents would like the idea.

Mayor Mike Neff updated the situation in his December comments of the borough newsletter.

"I want to thank the residents who came to our discussion about a proposal to put a family-friendly bar/restaurant in town. There were a number of suggestions that a referendum be considered to help the governing body decide whether to issue a liquor license to accommodate such a proposal," said Mayor Mike Neff.

There's no timeline for moving forward for a referendum question. It's still something being discussed, said the mayor.

"State law would allow for the issuance of only one such license, and the Council is continuing to investigate the proposal in order to make an informed decision. No formal action is scheduled at this time."

Currently, Little Silver has a liquor store licensed, in the Little Silver Bottle Shop, and unrefrigerated beer at the A&P is allowed, but there is no bar or tavern serving alcohol.

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