Why limit outdoor seating in Hoboken?
As outdoor seating in Hoboken nears, more questions arise
This coming Sunday, April 1st – like a child who is no longer grounded – the bars and restaurants in Hoboken can open up their outdoor seating areas. Whoopie Doo!
Do you know why Hoboken outdoor seating is so heavily regulated?
Just like the Hoboken411 original story three weeks ago that asked why outdoor seating was even stopped during the winter – we have a few more questions relating to this government control freak show.
Can you answer any of these fair questions honestly and with a straight face?
- What is the purpose of charging a FEE to businesses in Hoboken for outdoor seating?
- What service does the city provide for said fee? Why does it have to be regulated like that? You set the rules in an ordinance, and issue fines if they are violated. Why a fee?
- Now, this year – SMOKING IS NOT ALLOWED in the outdoor seating areas. What is the purpose of that?
- However, passerby can smoke exactly one-tenth of one inch outside those rails / fences. Did the smoking ban get implemented JUST TO INCREASE REVENUE FOR CITY HALL COFFERS?
- By allowing local businesses to offer something nice on those “freak” nice days in the middle of winter – wouldn’t that be better for the economy and Hoboken’s reputation?
Either way – I have to say the blooming flowers and warmer weather coming our way is great regardless of how anal-retentive ours or any other city government is. Plus – there are still a few great places we can all go and not get disrupted by the riff-raff!
Hoboken outdoor seating limited in the winter – WHY?
Talked to a bunch of business owners in Hoboken over the past few weeks – and with the relatively dry and mild winter we’ve had, a big question came up.
Why are there even limits to outdoor seating in Hoboken at all?
For the life of me, I couldn’t see the benefit for having any law on the books which limits the calendar months Hoboken bars and restaurants can choose whether to have outdoor eating and drinking.
- It’s not intrusive to neighbors – especially during colder months when windows are already closed.
- Inject some financial life into businesses that might be struggling, get more visitors to Hoboken.
- Pet owners would love it, as they can bring their pooches out to eat with them on warmer days.
- People can smoke and enjoy their cocktails simultaneously.
With the economy the way it is – perhaps now’s the best time to repeal that law! It’s a win-win!