08 Feb: Whelan Beach Bar Bill Approved By Senate Committee

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, to require the state Department of Environmental Protection to issue general permits to beach bars, allowing facility owners to keep their structures up year-round instead of tearing them down at the end of each season, was unanimously approved today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

The bill, S-208, would require the DEP to issue general permits to food and drink concession stands on the beach at a hotel or motel. The permits would apply only to concessions in municipalities where casino gaming is legal, limiting them to Atlantic City.