The residents of long-dry Ocean City will vote on a referendum on whether the Cape May County shore resort will allow restaurant patrons to bring their own beer or wine to enjoy with meals.
It’s no small question. “America’s Greatest Family Resort” was founded in 1879 as a Christian resort where the making and sale of alcohol was strictly verboten. Some restaurants allowed patrons to bring their own beer or wine until 1984 when a city ordinance prohibited it.
A ballot question in today’s general election pits those who say local eateries need to allow BYOB service to thrive against traditionalists who fear it would damage the family-friendly nature of the town.