Beach Haven Board Looks to Streamline Proceedings at Hotel Plan Hearing

Nov 25, 2019

With the proposed 102-room hotel becoming such a hot-button issue in Beach Haven, the land use board is looking at streamlining proceedings when developer Christopher Vernon has a hearing on the application on Monday, Dec. 2. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and is being held in the firehouse next to the municipal building, on the corner of Bay Avenue and Amber Street.

With his proposed Beach Haven Hotel and Marina at the old site of Morrison’s Restaurant, Vernon has proposed a three-story structure with a height limit of 44 feet to the top of the hotel roof, with an elevator tower not to exceed a maximum height of 45 feet, 9 inches. He has said the three-story design would enable the site to maintain the Ship’s Store building, plus add gardens and other amenities.

Vernon is also the developer and owner of the Bonnet Island Estate, the Mallard Island Yacht Club, The Boatyard and the Mainland Holiday Inn complex, all in Stafford Township, and Hotel LBI in Ship Bottom.

Jacqueline Fife, land use board secretary, said the panel is requesting that people who have questions submit them in advance of the meeting by sending an email to

“This is an effort to cut down on repetitive questions and address everyone’s questions and concerns in a timely manner without extending the meeting into the wee hours of the night,” she said. “The board will still open the floor to give the public an opportunity to comment. But we ask that if your question has already been asked or answered, don’t repeat it. Limit your comments to three minutes. This will be uniformly enforced.”

Forms for submitting questions can be found on the borough’s website, Click on Signed Questionnaire for Morrison’s.

Fife said the submitted questions will be sent to Vernon so he could address them during the presentation.

“He’s going to have his architect, planner and numerous experts to talk about building design, stormwater runoff,  traffic, parking and other issues,” she said. “Hopefully they’ll be able to answer some of the questions that have been submitted.”

— Eric Englund


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