30 Long Branch Restaurants Apply For Outdoor Dining Permits

Josh Bakan

LONG BRANCH, NJ — About 30 Long Branch restaurants have applied for temporary permits to create outdoor dining. The city plans to close streets such as Brighton Avenue for portions of weekends to allow for expanded outdoor dining.

Governor Phil Murphy will allow outdoor dining at restaurants beginning next Monday. Long Branch officials allowed businesses to apply for temporary permits that would ease the process for eateries to expand outdoor seating.

City officials are in the process of approving each application. Employees from the city offices of zoning, police and fire prevention reach out to the businesses who have applied.

“Our goal from the beginning has been to work with every restaurant who is interested in pursuing outdoor dining, as well as our retail establishments," said Mayor John Pallone. "Our city employees have gone above and beyond to meet with business owners to try to find a way to make this work."

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Along with closing parts of main streets during portions of the weekends, the city also plans to create a modified traffic plan for Pier Village. Officials will release more specific information soon.

Monmouth County officials have reported 552 coronavirus cases in Long Branch as of Monday afternoon. The numbers of deaths and people cleared off quarantine in each Monmouth County town has not been released.

“While the days ahead may see the number of new cases fluctuate, it is clear that our efforts are working, so please keep it up!” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone in a statement.

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