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Curtailing Bar Noise a ‘Top Priority’ For Lavallette, Officials Say


Capriccio By the Sea, in Ortley Beach and Lavallette. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Capriccio By the Sea, in Ortley Beach and Lavallette. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

After a third borough council meeting during which residents of the southeastern portion of Lavallette complained about too much noise and partying at a local bar and restaurant, Mayor Walter LaCicero said it would become a “top priority” to quiet things down.

The residents, for the past six weeks, have been complaining about loud music and late-night conversations spilling out onto the street outside Capriccio By the Sea, an Italian restaurant and bar that features live entertainment several nights a week.

The music “begins on Wednesday” and reaches its peak on Saturday night, one resident told council members, saying music from the Route 35 establishment can be heard a block away, and the live entertainment has led to a nightlife atmosphere neighbors are not used to.


“No one ever had an issue until this year,” said Mary Semler, whose residence is located on Route 35.”The residents around this place have had no quality of life, whatsoever.”

The property is owned by Kim Pascarella, a local attorney who now serves as Senior Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor. Capriccio’s lease the property from him and use its liquor license. The restaurant, on Dover Avenue, is literally split between Toms River Township and Lavallette, but holds a Lavallette liquor license.

LaCicero said he previous met with Pascarella, who reached an agreement with his tenant to cut the music by 11 p.m. and stop serving alcohol by 1 a.m. The agreement, however, hasn’t satisfied neighbors, who are asking borough officials to go after the bar’s liquor license.

The situation grew even worse after there was, apparently, some confusion over whether Toms River or Lavallette police have jurisdiction over noise ordinance enforcement

“There are a lot of eyes on them,” said LaCicero.

Sources in town said representatives from the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control were on site.

“You resolve the problem, think it’s gone, and then they push the boundaries again,” LaCicero said, asking neighbors to “help us build the record” of incidents that can be brought to the attention of the state ABC.

“All I have, when we go to do enforcement, is the record that I have,” said Borough Administrator John O. Bennett, echoing the mayor’s suggestion to call Lavallette police whenever a noise complaint should be lodged.

A call placed to the restaurant on Tuesday seeking comment was not returned.

  • Tom Messner

    A loud obnoxious bar, sounds like fun. I’ll have to stop by for a beer. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • ET

      I hope I can join you soon Tom

    • Carole Ann

      It is very fun!! Especially on Fridays!!

      • Sharon T.

        I get it’s fun, but I bet you wouldn’t want to live there.

        • Mac

          Not everyone walks around with a steel shaft up their butt.

          • Sharon T.

            No shaft here, just someone who owns property in Lavallette and if you can’t even open your windows and hear your own TV, that’s a quality of life issue. Unlike you, I give a crap about other people!

          • Mac

            Sure could have fooled me about giving a crap about other people. You are living in a sandbox while complaining about others (that underwrite your lifestyle whether they like it or not) not following your little general rules. Boo hoo. Get a hearing aid like everyone else does when they can’t hear the TV. Now that’s a real quality of life issue you don’t even need to own property in Lavallette to enjoy.

  • Bernie Neuhaus

    Maybe those complaining shouldn’t reside in a seasonal tourist/vacation community…sounds like its time for them to relocate to a retirement community

  • Jimi B-Mode

    I hear Florida has some nice gated retirement villages with 9pm curfews that are far away from anyone potentially having fun and enjoying life.

  • Sharon T.

    I walk past there often, and I have to say, If I owned a home or one of the new condos to the right of them, I’d be pissed off! It is loud and definitely puts a damper on quality of life. You can hear it blocks away. Real estate is a little too expensive in that area, and that shouldn’t be something a homeowner has to deal with. At least a decent compromise!

    • Mac

      Obviously, your value of real estate is unrealistic. This is Lavallette, not the town you wish you could live in of more pronounced never-ending self-centered blowhearts, Mantoloking.

  • Mac

    Sounds to me like the groundwork is being set for another opportunistic visit from the ‘missing’ Hurricane Sandy sneak attack Bic.

  • Karen Noble

    These are resort towns. Residents have to understand that, and knew it when they moved there. I, too, live here at the shore, but know full well that people’s livelihood depends on the tourists and summer crowds. I like the noise and enjoy it when people are around. It becomes a ghost town soon enough.

  • Ortley guy

    Grow up Lavallette and have some summer fun. In three weeks all the fuss will be over and you can go back to the quiet life.