On Tuesday, Dec. 23, a special election asks, "Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink at Old Bridge Golf Club in the Lexington Road Precinct?" This election has largely gone unnoticed within the community and by this newspaper, and yet, it may have a significant impact within the Old Bridge Neighborhood and precedent-setting impact in the surrounding area.
The loosely worded question on the ballot concerned me enough to place a call to the State Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Based on our conversation, it was my understanding that passing this ballot will allow the establishment of a bar at the entrance of the Old Bridge subdivision, on the golf course property. The bar will be open to all, serving all types of alcoholic beverages by the drink and would not be required to serve food. I was not able to find out what restrictions would be imposed on the bar's location, appearance, signs, entertainment, traffic patterns, noise, etc. The only things I could find out were that operating hours would be permitted from 6 a.m. to midnight and that the owners could apply for additional "supplemental bars" that could be placed elsewhere on the golf course property under the original liquor license.