This week, Ocean City residents said “no” to BYOB at non-boardwalk restaurants.
On Tuesday, residents voted down the proposal that would have let restaurant patrons bring their own beer or wine for dinner.
“BYOB in Ocean City would have been ____.”
According to the Associated Press, the referendum received 3,137 “no” votes, with just 1,425 voting “yes.” Tuesday’s vote puts to rest an issue that has been up for debate in the Jersey Shore town for months.
The AP reports turnout was heavy. One polling worker even compared the turnout to the number of voters who would turn out for a presidential election.
In Wednesday’s “Down the Shore with Jen” blog, Jen A. Miller wrote that while the results weren’t terribly surprising, the town has generated some bad press for itself in the process.
“Why is this bad press? Because it cast a national spotlight on a 16-month fight that had turned petty over whether or not a handful of restaurants could let people bring beer or wine to dinner,” she wrote.
What do you think of the results from Tuesday’s election? Would BYOB in Ocean City have been a good thing or a bad thing for the community? Tell us in the comments below.