The biggest news story of the day revolves around the passing of a law forcing bars in Point Pleasant to close at midnight, rather than the old 2 a.m.

I live in Brick, closer to Point Pleasant than anyone else at the Hawk (I believe).  I end up hanging out in Point Pleasant a lot, moreso out of convenience than anything else.

I understand both sides. I get the fact that the locals don't want drunks stumbling across their lawns, defacing property, being noisy, etc. I also get the fact that you can't punish everyone for the actions of a few.

Will this drive tourists away from Point Pleasant to other beach towns?  If your goal is to go out all night and get drunk, sure, now you'll end up in Seaside or Belmar or wherever. For the families that spend time (and money) at the arcades or the rides or the aquarium, I actually think this will encourage people to come. I don't want to sound like I'm encouraging some sort of "segregation", but I think that if families feel like Point is more "family-accessible" whereas Seaside is more "rowdy", the two groups will find their homes and not be affected by the other.

I do think that it's funny how people are selective with their opinion on tourists. When they clog up the parkway, crowd our restaurants, and take up all the parking spots, we all complain. Now that a town actually is proactive in maintaining a family-friendly, local-focused community, everyone else complains.

What do you think?  Leave your comments below!