Toms River's Liquor Licenses Fetch $500K, Township Has 53 Total

Nothing available for restaurants, bars, stores or hotels

If you’re looking to obtain a liquor license in Toms River, you’re out of luck — they’re all taken.

The township has a total of 53 liquor licenses in use, and according to Laurie Knemoller, of the township clerk’s office, there aren’t any more available.

“That’s the number of active licenses right now. Some people have them in their back pocket and aren’t using them, but there isn’t currently anything available right now,” she said.

According to the clerk’s office, there are seven “in pocket” licenses that have been sold, but are not currently in use.

The town has 29 consumption licenses in use, with 11 distribution (liquor stores) licenses, eight club licenses (Elks Club, American Legion, etc.) and five hotel/motel licenses, all in use.

According to the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the number of licenses to sell alcohol for consumption on a licensed premises (restaurants and bars) and to sell alcohol for off premise consumption (packaged goods) within a municipality is determined based upon the population. A municipality may issue one consumption license for every 3,000 of its population. As to distribution licenses, which allow the sale of alcohol for off premise consumption, a municipality may issue one license for every 7,500 of its population.

Toms River had about 88,791 residents in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Newark, on the other hand, had 277,140 residents in 2010, and currently has about 600 licenses.

Knemoller said most licenses in Toms River sell between $500,000 and $600,000, and are either sold by the township or through a private agreement between the buyer and seller.

The last license sold from the township cost $600,000, and was sold last year.

A-Ball June 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Money grab
Staceaface June 19, 2012 at 11:52 AM
they should have unlimited! At times, I hate byob
1stcav June 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM
53 and yet are taxes are this high. Mayor's slush fund ?????
Scott June 19, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Well said "1stcav"
JD June 19, 2012 at 01:40 PM
What does having 53 licenses have to do with taxes??? They ONLY get about $3000/yr from license holders.... These licenses were sold over the years... only the past 10 years or so have the NEW licenses cost about $500k!!!
So Much to Say June 19, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I hope this $500K lowers my taxes.....YEA RIGHT....LOL
Justice June 19, 2012 at 01:57 PM
There is one unaccounted for , do the math.
JD June 19, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Re-read article... There are NO more licenses to sell!!! Last year they sold one!!
Bob Hockenfrocken June 19, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Newark has 600 licenses with 277,140 residents, and TR has 53 licenses with 88,791 residents? If there is 1 consumption license for every 3000 people, Newark should have about 92, and half of that for distribultion. Who's the jerk at the ABC that can't add?
JD June 19, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Many are grandfathered in... Newark for example. The law of 1 consumption per 3000 people went into affect in 70's I believe... Newark had exceeded that and were grandfathered in. You can buy a Newark liquor license for $10k!!!
SystemIsBroken June 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Why doesn't the township make a USE it Or LOSE it rule?? If that happened, It would either be sold or township could resell another directly Being politically connected should not be an investment managed my your local government
g June 19, 2012 at 11:15 PM
What about the new Bahama Breeze restaurant thats being built in Toms River? I guess they wont be selling any booze.
bayway mike June 19, 2012 at 11:37 PM
The license was transferred or bought from Jimmy C's on Washington St.
Bryan June 19, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Where are they putting the Bahama breeze at?
g June 20, 2012 at 12:49 AM
g June 20, 2012 at 12:50 AM
The Ocean County Mall property
JD June 20, 2012 at 03:28 AM
It's called a "pocket license"... could be they bought it and were going to open a restaurant/etc but change of plans... or restaurant/bar closed down.. there are rules on how long it can be kept as "pocket license"... and yes, if they don't use it... they lose it.. and it reverts back to township to sell. ABC dictates it... not township
1stcav June 20, 2012 at 04:16 PM
If THERE is a way to get around the LAW , Mr " D" knows ALL the ways...trust me !! If not atr the Sawmill , then look @ 3 G's ....
Alan K June 21, 2012 at 01:11 AM
This high cost is why there are hardly any decent restaurants besides chains (yuck!) in TR.
JD June 21, 2012 at 02:11 AM
A person/entity can own numerous "C" or consumption licenses.. these are for restaurants and bars. A person/entity can ONLY own 2 "D" or distribution licenses... these are for liquor stores.
David Daur June 24, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Well said Alan and right on point.


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