Senator Whelan listening to testimony during the Senate Education Committee’s hearing on underage drinking on college campuses.

11 Jun: Whelan Beach Bar Bill Approved By Environment Committee

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Sen. James Whelan (D-Atlantic) that would require the state Department of Environmental Protection to issue a general permit for food and drink concession stands on a beach at Atlantic City hotels or motels so they would not have to be removed from the beach in the off-season was approved 6-0 today by the Senate Environment Committee.

Under terms of the bill (S-2825), the general permit would be issued in lieu of a permit issued under the “Coastal Area Facilities Review Act.” The bill was amended in committee to apply only to cities where casino gambling is permitted, which limits it to Atlantic City.