Ocean City Voters Turn Down BYOB Option
James V. Mallon, the director of community services for the City of Ocean City announced the Tuesday, May 8, Municipal Election Results, which included a referendum that would permit BYOB at the city’s restaurants.
The tabulated results of the May 8 Municipal Elections determined the four Ward seats open on the seven-member City Council as well as the public ballot question on the BYOB ordinance.
Ocean City voters voted against the controversial proposal to permit BYOB at restaurants off the Boardwalk “by a more than two to one margin,” according to city.
“I am thankful to all of the residents who took the time to cast their votes on an issue that was very personal to our community,” stated Mayor Jay Gillian.
“I believe family tradition is strongly supported in our town, and BYOB did not follow that tradition. I respect the BYOB proponents for their campaign, and thank all of our residents and guests for maintaining the Ocean City tradition of courteousness during the days leading up to the election. I am hopeful that as a City we can now move on to an outstanding summer season.”
In Ocean City’s First Ward Michael DeVlieger defeated Frederick J. Hoffman
In Ocean City’s Second Ward Antwan L. McClellan defeated John W. Quinn
In Ocean City’s Third Ward Anthony P. Wilson defeated Steven Fenichel
In Ocean City’s Fourth Ward Peter J. Guinosso defeated Edward W. Price and Bartholomew J. Russell
Election results are available online at ocnj.us/election.
Results are unofficial until certified.