OCEAN CITY, N.J. (CBS) – A movement to allow restaurants in Ocean City to go BYOB could go to a voter referendum in November if proponents get their way.

The talk of allowing restaurant patrons to bring wine or beer with them for dinner is nothing new; however, circulating petitions to get it on the ballot is. Bill McGinnity is co-owner of Cousin’s Restaurant.

“We’re not looking to change Ocean City. It’s a family resort. We’d never want to do that and we’ve created a resolution to protect that and I think it’ll truly enhance what the consumer can get in our city and make it even greater than it is now,” said McGinnity.

No booze would be sold on the island and restaurants don’t have to go BYOB if they don’t want to, assuming the plan is approved. To get it on the ballot, they have to gather the signatures of just under 750 homeowners. McGinnity is aiming for 800 by the first of August.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio