Hearing on Fantasy Island Application for Vacant CVS Set to Continue April 17

Apr 10, 2019

Deliberations on bringing a family entertainment center to the vacant CVS at the Causeway Circle are expected to continue next week when the Ship Bottom Land Use Board reconvenes for its monthly meeting.

Wainwright Amusement, which owns Fantasy Island in Beach Haven, is seeking a use variance at the site since entertainment is currently not a permitted use in the borough’s general commercial district. The proposed entertainment center would include a game zone, an escape room, café and XD theater.

Should the application be approved, Wainwright Amusement would renovate the existing commercial structure on Long Beach Boulevard at Seventh Street. A use variance, according to the Ship Bottom municipal code book, can only be granted by an affirmative vote of at least five land use board members.

The application is being opposed by the owners of Hartland Golf & Arcade and Our Endless Summer, both located in Ship Bottom. They are being represented by Douglas J. Widman, an attorney out of Freehold.

The land use board began hearing testimony on the application at its March 20 meeting, including comments from fewer than a dozen members of the public. At the time, board attorney Stuart Snyder recommended leaving the public comment period open. That’s where the discussion is expected to begin when the panel meets again at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 17.  —G.G.S.

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