An outdoor dining renaissance in Ventnor. An unexpected byproduct of the socially-distanced, summer of 2020.
Some call it al fresco dining. Others simply call it eating on the sidewalk or street. Either way, it does provide a visually appealing boost to our Downbeach sidewalks and streets. But, there are down-sides.
Blocking pedestrian sidewalks. Some restaurants actually block and shut down streets. In some cases, Atlantic County gets involved if it’s a county roadway, like parts of Ventnor Ave.
Jimmy Agnesino, Code Enforcement official for Ventnor, says the current outdoor dining system doesn’t work. Space too limited. Tables can’t be near the curb. Must stay near buildings. Sidewalks too narrow.
2021 Ventnor outdoor dining rules for MAY 15 thru OCT 15.
Restaurants can apply for expanded use of sidewalks, but expect stricter, more precise rules for the 2021 summer season.
- Pedestrian right of way.
- Parts of Ventnor Ave controlled by Atlantic County.
- Loss of parking spots.
Eateries may need to provide a layout sketch of their outdoor seating. What does Code Enforcement official Jimmy Agnesino think? Give PD a plan that no one will follow.
Current Ventnor outdoor dining ordinance need updating.
- Ventnor needs ‘hold harmless’ agreements and proof of proper insurance from local business if they want to use street or sidewalk.
- Ventnor could have a (flat fee) permit requirement by this June, all to protect the City of Ventnor.
Hanna G blocking that whole sidewalk for years.Jimmy Agnesino, Code Enforcement Official
Maria Gatto of Red Room wants to do another street tent on Monmouth Ave. We can only assume that Bocca in Margate wants the same thing.
NJ Gov Murphy’s lockdown continues. Almost 14 months so far. Restaurants barely holding on with indoor capacity limits of 50%. Exterior dining critically important to many of these small, mom n pop foodie spots.