Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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No beer for you in Ocean City

Ocean City voters trounce the measure that would have allowed people to bring a bottle of wine or a six pack to dinner at a restaurant.

No beer for you in Ocean City

Did I mention Ocean City is a great coffee town? I drive over the bridge all the time to get a drink in Ocean City, home of some of the finest lattes at the Jersey Shore. Alas, these same cafes that also serve dinner in the summer will not be able to draw the wine with grass-fed beef crowd now or any time soon. The BYOB measure that finally made the ballot was trounced by a 2 -1 margin Tuesday night by people in town who just want the town to stay the way it is: Dry, with a splash of your own alcohol from Circle Liquors in Somers Point. I guess I understand people don't want to mess with a good formula, and Ocean City has achieved an unassailable brand of family-friendly, founded on Methodist values. Pre-teens gather in hordes in the summer on the Boardwalk and I guess people didn't want any adults walking out of nearby restaurants with a glass or two of wine in them. I don't know, I wouldn't want Ocean City to be a place where liquor stores popped up, but BYOB seemed rather civilized. 

About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

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