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Seaside Heights, Karma Working on Possible Settlement

The Karma nightclub in Seaside Heights, June 6, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The Karma nightclub in Seaside Heights, June 6, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Seaside Heights and the owner of Karma, an embattled nightclub that the borough has pledged to shut down, are attempting to settle the matter.

The motion to shut down the nightclub was supposed to have been heard in court earlier this week, but the matter was adjourned to provide the opportunity to negotiation a settlement. The adjournment was requested by Vincent Verdiramo, the attorney representing Karma’s owner. Once such a request is made, the court normally grants it and the matter goes to mediation.

Borough Administrator Christopher Vaz said the holder of Karma’s liquor license – Shay J. Varone, not owner John Saddy – has told borough officials that he has some ideas for the complex that “are in line with what we’d like to see.”

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The adjournment does not mean the case against Karma has gone away or been dismissed. It only places a hold on the proceedings so a settlement can be negotiated. Karma was open on July 4 but closed the night of July 5. It is still allowed to operate while the matter is pending.

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