NJ.com – Bars in Point Pleasant Beach now find themselves in a worse position than they had feared: They will have to close at midnight starting in July under an ordinance approved by the borough council Tuesday night. But a separate measure that would permit the bars to continue to stay open until 2 a.m. if they pay an extra fee aimed at funding additional police patrols was postponed until June 12. So as it stands now, the bars have to shut down at midnight effective July 1, yet they have no mechanism to buy themselves more time to stay open. The bars currently are allowed to close at 2 a.m. Responding to complaints from residents about rowdy behavior from bar patrons heading back to their cars in the wee hours of the morning, the council proposed two ordinances: one closing the bars at midnight, the other allowing them to buy their way out of early closings by paying additional fees based on their occupancy. The council passed the midnight closing ordinance Tuesday night, but made minor changes to a second ordinance that would have allowed the bars to pay an addition fee to allow them to continue to stay open till 2 a.m. Those changes pushed back the final votes on that ordinance until June 12.
As far as I understand it, there’s a hierarchy of guidos at the Jersey Shore. At one end of the spectrum, you’ve got Headliner. Thats where you’re gonna get your trashbag guido crowd. Chicks with tattoos on their arms like they belong in a biker gang. On the opposite side of the spectrum, you’ve got Djais, where the “classy” guidos go, if you can pardon the oxymoron for argument’s sake. And stuck in the middle is Jenkinsons in Point Pleasant. You guys don’t know what you wanna be. You’re like Junior Varisty Seaside Heights. Like you don’t have people running around your boardwalk in a denim vest with no shirt on, and for the most part I feel like most people have a dental plan. But at the same time you’ve got that riff raff vibe goin. You’re definitely gelling your hair and wearing your button up shirt and gold chain not realizing that the guidos at Djais have already graduated from that look.
So now Jenks and Point Pleasant are stuck in limbo with their curfew the same way they’re stuck in limbo with their guido status. Not quite Manasquan. Not quite Belmar. Not quite Seaside. Is it gonna be 12? Is it gonna be 2? This is a big summer for Point Pleasant. If things go wrong you Jenkinsons fans might end up walking the board walk with no teeth and denim vests.