Hotel LBI Owner Announces Plans to Seek Liquor License for Site

Feb 27, 2019
Photo by: Ryan Morrill Hotel LBI in Ship Bottom.

The owner of Hotel LBI, the 102-room luxury hotel at the gateway to Long Beach Island slated to open this spring, announced the intention to apply for a newly minted liquor license. Ship Bottom officials were expected to grant final approval of the ordinance creating a hotel liquor license classification at its meeting earlier this week.

The ordinance, which also sets the annual licensing fee at $2,500, was first introduced in January. A public hearing on the ordinance was also scheduled for this month’s meeting.

By state statute, a municipality may issue a hotel/motel liquor license even though a new consumption license cannot be issued in the same community due to the population cap, according to the state Office of Attorney General, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) guidebook.

“The municipal resolution must state the license was issued as a hotel exception,” the ABC guidebook reads. “The resolution must also contain a special condition that states the license is issued as a hotel exception license for a facility containing 100 or more sleeping rooms and may only be used in connection with a hotel or motel.”

Based on the population limitations, Ship Bottom fits the state criteria for creating and issuing a hotel/motel exception liquor license. For every 3,000 residents, one consumption liquor license is permitted in a municipality, according to the ABC. The population is based on figures from the last federal census, according to state requirements. Every municipality, according to state law, is entitled to issue one consumption and one distribution license where the population is fewer than 1,000 residents.

The public hearing on The Baldwin Residence LLC’s application is set for 6:30 p.m., March 26 at the municipal building. Objections can also be made in writing to Kathleen Wells, borough clerk, 1621 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, N.J. 08008.  G.G.S.








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