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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Borough Council Sets Hearing Date RE: Karma Nightclub

Borough Council scheduled a special meeting for 1:00 PM on Tuesday, July 3rd, for the purpose of considering a revocation or suspension of a plenary retail alcoholic beverage consumption license held by SJV, Inc t/a Karma. The charges stem from allegations that Karma is operating a nightclub in violation of its site plan approvals and the Borough Code together with numerous alleged violations arising out of the Hyperglow party held on May 27/28 during Memorial Day weekend.    

A separate Superior Court hearing date is scheduled for Friday, June 29th. Borough Council instructed Borough Attorney, Jean Cipriani, Esq., to seek an emergency injunction against Karma nightclub preventing the nightclub from continuing to operate. An order to show cause seeking emergent relief was filed in the NJ Superior Court, Ocean County vicinage. The complaint seeks an order prohibiting the licensee from operating a nightclub in violation of the existing site plan approvals for a restaurant. According to the land use board's 2008 approval, the licensee must operate a "full restaurant service to be run by an independent restaurateur on the first level." The 2002 site plan approval included a representation by the prior licensee that "the proposed construction will contain a restaurant facility together with a pub...[and] the pub would have a "sports bar" theme and would provide live entertainment on occasion featuring jazz and blues type music."  The 2002 site plan application included specific representations that the structure would be food oriented "and that the bar portion of the proposal is of a more answering nature to the principal use as a dining/banquet facility."

The Borough Code (Section 246-39A8) permits on the Boulevard taverns and bars only with on-premises restaurant facilities "whose primary purpose is to regularly and principally provide restaurant meals to the public as an integral part of the operation."

The owners of Savor, the restaurant that previously operated out of the building, announced in April that it is not returning in 2018.

Click here for Land Use Board approvals.

Click here for Borough Attorney letter and Alcoholic Beverage License conditions.

Superior Court Complaint Seaside Heights vs. Karma.

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