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Despite the new building ordinance unanimously adopted by the Township on May 26, 2020, which reinforced the 35' height restriction and instituted flexible and fair development restrictions, the owner of the former Strathmere Motel has filed four variances to allow for a major rebuilding on the current site.
If allowed to proceed, the new structure would be three floors of habitable space above the street level parking area (picture two motels stacked on top of each other and go up another 4' or so). Another two feet is needed for the elevator rooftop access, also prohibited in the current ordinance. The proposed structure would stretch from Sumner to Sherman, the entire block. Fifteen hotel suites averaging 700 sqft, plus a manager's office, ocean side decks as well as a fourth floor deck would sit atop a street level parking area that holds 19 cars for the 15 suites and one manager's office.
A Waterfront Development Permit Application seeking approval to remove the existing docks at the Deauville Marina and create a much larger network of connected floating docks was submitted to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection on August 20th, 2020. The marina’s current license provides for a maximum of 30 slips. Under the new proposal, the marina seeks to provide 70 transient docking slips: 39 for PWC (jet skis) and 31 for power boats. The proposed floating dock network would extend westward into the bay and northward to end 50 feet from the bridge.To accomplish this expansion, the application calls for the dredging of 1843 cubic yards of sand.
A complete copy of the Permit Application has been uploaded to the SIA website (blue box below). Drawings of the proposed expansion and dredging plans can be found on pages 66 and 67 of the Permit Application.
Neighbors within 200' received registered letters advising them of the the proposal, and have voiced concerns including: the significant increase in licensed slips contributing to congestion on the bay, the noise coming from additional jet ski activity, the impact on our creeks, marshes, environment and wildlife, the proximity of the docks to the bridge and the impact on street parking.
Concerns and/or comments about the proposal can be emailed to the NJ DEP at the following address: Katherine.Todoroff@dep.nj.gov
View Plans at the link on the right.
To be continued...
December 10, 7:30 pm
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Deauville Waterfront Development Plans Unveiled
The Use Variance is asking for permission to build a hotel a nonconforming structure prohibited inte Resort Commercial Zone and sets a precedent for future development of similar structures or condos in STM & WB.. View Hotel Links in Red Box below. You can read the narrative of the application and also open the plans in a pdf format.
This is our chance to fight for our mission of preserving Strathmere's historic village and to save our eco system, safeguard our property values, and quality of life by pushing back against development that threatens the very heart of our town.
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As we continue to build our Strathmere Stories Archive, we invite you to sit back and watch Strathmere's Stef Muller of the Shack reminisce about here 20 years at the Shack and what it has meant to have Alex grow up surrounded by all of you.
August SIA Meeting Recap: More than 70 people logged on to the SIA meeting on August 22. The current slate of officers was reelected for 2021: Linda Bateman, President; Janice Connell, Vice President; Rosemarie Whelan, Secretary; Peggy Kiessling, Treasurer; and Donna Diefenderfer, Member-at-Large.
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Strathmere Improvement Association
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Strathmere, NJ 08248