Holmdel clarifies PNC Bank Arts Center parking lot rules

Officials say the ordinance does not affect tailgating at concerts. (5/2/14)

HOLMDEL - Town officials have clarified an ordinance that imposes new rules for the PNC Bank Arts Center parking lot.

The Holmdel Township Committee says it voted to impose fines and restrictions aimed at cracking down on non-concert events in the venue's parking lot. 

The ordinance does not affect tailgating in the parking lot before concerts at the venue, since arts center operator Live Nation decides on a case-by-case basis whether tailgating is allowed. 

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Officials say the township has received noise complaints from residents about loud events that start on Saturday mornings.

Among those events is a racing circuit that offers customers the chance to drive high-end sports cars around a specially designed track. Gotham Dream Cars rents the parking lots from Live Nation.

The early morning music that often accompanies that event has also been an issue.

Irwin Baron's neighborhood backs up to the venue. He'd like to see restrictions on noisy events, but says quiet shows aren't a problem. "The noise from the racing is totally unacceptable," he says. "It's very loud."

Holmdel officials say they had no choice but to take a hard stance. An RV show running this weekend will continue since notices weren't given out early enough to cancel it. 

Holmdel Mayor Patrick Impreveduto says shows like the RV show, races like Color Me Rad in the summer, and festivals will be a thing of the past.

Several news outlets, including News 12 New Jersey, reported yesterday that tailgating was among the activities restricted in the lot.

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