The council took a moment to remember restaurateur Gary Sable, who passed away last week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)


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Red Bank’s board tackled a heavy agenda Wednesday evening.

Debates about regulations, elections, Airbnbs, cannabis zoning and more stalled a session that lasted nearly four and a half hours.

Gloria Mitchell, along with council member Michael Ballard, was honored upon her retirement from the Red Bank Housing Authority. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

Here are some highlights; redbankgreen will have more details on some of these topics, as indicated:

• Lively discussion on amendments to a controversial set of statutes, started, without immediate resolution. More soon.

• The board explored the costs of special election scheduled for May 9. All six council positions and the mayor’s seat will be on the line as the city prepares to revamp its government, as approved by referendum in November. More soon.

• Heard a request from a director in the Scarlet Reserve Rooma cigar and CBD store, requesting a rezoning to allow it to convert to a cannabis retailer.

The store, located at 3 East Front Street, is less than 250 meters from a playground in the marine park. Based on this proximity, the business cannot sell cannabis. More soon.

• As previously indicated, the Board has introduced a ordinance regulating short-term rentalssuch as those offered through Airbnb.

• The Board also honored Gloria Mitchell on her retirement from the Red Bank Housing Authority after 26 years, many of them as a clerk.

“As Gloria retires, she leaves behind a wealth of institutional knowledge and history that is irreplaceable,” said one board member. Michael Ballard. “The housing authority community will not be the same without her.

• At the start of the meeting, Mayor Billy Portman asked for a minute of silence in memory of Gary Sabledied on January 20 at the age of 70.

For 24 years Sable owned and operated That Hot Dog Place, next to the Dublin House Pub on Monmouth Street. There, under a photo of a rocker Lou Reedhe ran a 175-square-foot individual kitchen “the size of a prison cell — not that I’ve ever been in one,” he said in a Q&A 2006 with redbankgreen.

Company name aside, Sable was renowned for his soups, which he made daily from scratch.

Member of the board Kate Triggiano told the reunion audience that Sable let her keep tabs on her purchases when she was a teenager working at a nearby store.

“Gary was a top notch guy,” she said. “He was always there, he was a support for a lot of people and he really wanted to give back to the community.”

Here is his obituary.

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