Community Liquors in Ventnor has been fined $250 for allowing customers to shop without a mask on.
Under orders by NJ Gov. Phil Murphy, businesses that sell alcohol can stay open during the lock-down, but only for take-out or delivery services of food and alcohol.
Jay Sikotar LLC t/a Community Liquors
LIC. NO.: 0122-44-006-007
AGENCY NO.: S-20-39062, H-2020-50682;
137 N Dorset Ave Ventnor, NJ 08406
The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) recently received a report of an inspection/investigation conducted on April 23, 2020, by an Investigator of the New Jersey Division of ABC Investigative Bureau which concerns your license. Preliminary evaluation suggests the following violations of the ABC Laws or Regulations occurred:
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You are required to immediately correct all violations. Also, violations such as these can result in formal disciplinary proceedings leading to a suspension of license.
Since the above appear to be more in the nature of infractions rather than violations, the Division will defer formal disciplinary proceedings and give you the opportunity to administratively conclude this case by paying a monetary penalty in the amount $250.00.
Payment of this penalty indicates that you are not contesting the violations (although it is not a formal acknowledgement of guilt). Additionally, payment will signify your agreement for the State to forfeit and dispose of any cash, evidence. Alcoholic beverages or property seized in connection with this matter.
To so dispose the matter, the penalty must be received here within 90 days of the date of this letter.
Payment must be by certified check, money order or lawyers check made out to the “NJ. Division of A.B.C.” By paying this fine amount, you are representing that you have taken all necessary corrective action and you are also agreeing to the disposition of evidence as provided by law.
Before this matter is concluded, however, and prior to making payment, you may submit, in writing , any matters in defense or explanation for consideration. You may, also, request a hearing and contest the reported violations before an Administrative Law Judge.
If you wish to either contest and/or explain the reported violations, please send your letter to my attention. You should be aware, however, that if you do not respond within 90 days of this letter, this method of resolutions is withdrawn and more formal disciplinary proceedings will be instituted.
You should also be advised that in that case, because of additional efforts involved on the part of this Division, should additional disciplinary proceedings result in your guilt to the violations, the final penalty will presumptively be a larger fine or suspension of your license.
SEND YOUR PAYMENT TO DENISE FARFALLA.
Please include license and file numbers on payment.
Very truly yours,
GURBIR S. GREWAL
ATTORNEY GENERAL OF NEW JERSEY
KEVIN MARC SCHATZ, SDAG. CHIEF, BUREAU OF ENFORCEMENT