SHIP BOTTOM - The Ship Bottom Land Use Board held a meeting on Wednesday, March 20 a number of agenda items, especially two major items. First, the request by the owners of the new LBI Hotel for a variance and second, converting the CVS on Long Beach Boulevard into a family entertainment center.
The Hotel LBI request was adjourned until the next meeting on April 19.
The CVS pharmacy conversion to an family entertainment also will not be decided until at least the next meeting on April 19.
There was a standing room only crowd that spilled out into the vestibule of Borough Hall. The meeting included some time for the developer to testify and additional public comment on the CVS building.
A majority of the public input was positive for the proposal of converting that building into family entertainment center by the Wainwright family who also own Fantasy Island Amusements in Beach Haven.
Wainwright Amusements would like to renovate the existing commercial structure on Long Beach Boulevard and Seventh Street and change the use from it's current status of retail to family entertainment. The proposed entertainment center would include a game zone, an escape room, café and XD theater. This will be a unique type of entertainment for the Southern Ocean communities.
There is opposition on this additional family center by the owners of Hartland Golf and Arcade and the owners of Endless Summer, both somewhat similar types of businesses in the borough. The businesses have an attorney to represent their interests, Mr. Douglas Widman. Mr. Wainwright presented his plan and was cross questioned by Widman during his presentation.
The Land Use Board attorney Stuart Snyder concluded the meeting due to time restraints and suggested the meeting will resume on April 19 with additional public comment.