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Manville NJ Attempts to Revoke Foxtail’s Liquor License

NJ Town Holds Hearing on Renewal of Local Liquor License

The Borough of Manville recently held a formal hearing on the renewal application for Foxtails Lounge liquor license. Foxtails is a local strip club in Manville that has allegedly caused concerns among the borough officials and residents due to criminal activity near the premises. Specifically, a shooting that occurred outside of the bar appears to have been the last straw that led to residents and police officers recommending that the license not be renewed for the new license term. Residents who spoke during the hearing claimed that Foxtails was “not a safe place”, that “[t]here is no peace,” and that “[t]his was not the first shooting and it won’t be the last.” Community sentiment appeared to weigh heavily in favor of a non-renewal (this amounts to a revocation of the liquor license). If the municipality decides not to renew the liquor license, it is likely that an appeal will be filed and that the license will be granted a temporary license to operate pending the outcome of appeal.

New Jersey Liquor License Renewal Hearing

A municipal liquor license hearing is required when there is an objection to the transfer or renewal of a liquor license within the municipality. Every year, liquor license owners must file renewal applications with the town in order to be permitted to continue operating. Generally, these hearings are unopposed by police or residents. However, in the instances when residents or member of the borough council are concerned about the operation of the bar, restaurant, liquor store or strip club, an objection and formal hearing may be required.

During the hearing, the local governing board or the ABC Board (if one exists in that municipality) will act as the “authority” in a quasi-judicial setting. The hearing may be conducted in an informal fashion and may proceed without formal evidentiary exhibits. While these hearings will not be as formal as a typical court case, the decisions and rulings will be reviewed on direct appeal to the Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. For these reasons, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced ABC liquor law attorney regarding these matters. 

New Jersey Strip Club Liquor License Attorney

William Fay is a former New Jersey Deputy Attorney General with the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Mr. Fay spent part his career with the ABC overseeing regulatory violations, advising on compliance matters and reviewing municipal actions. If you are a retail consumption license, retail distribution license, permit license holder, distributor or wholesaler, contact the liquor law attorneys at Proetta, Oliver & Fay for an immediate consultation today. We can be reached 24/7 for your convenience at 732-858-5857.

Additional Information

♦    How to Buy a Liquor License in New Jersey
♦    Notice of Charges from the Division of ABC
♦    Municipal Liquor License Appeal

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