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N.J. Town To Close Bars Earlier

November 5, 1997

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) _ Drinking `til dawn may be a thing of the past in this shore party town.

By a narrow margin, residents voted Tuesday to force bars to close at 3 a.m. instead of 5 a.m. during the summer.

The vote was 746 to 645.

Supporters campaigned for the earlier closing time saying it would cut down on rowdy behavior in Wildwood.

Critics called the change a knee-jerk reaction to a crime earlier this year, when three men attacked and killed another man outside a bar.

Mayor Fred Wager was among those who opposed the change.

``We’ll have to wait and see what happens next summer,″ he said. ``Maybe some changes will have to be made. Maybe we’ll have to bring some major entertainment in to these bars to make up for it.″

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