Above: More news from around New Jersey. A pod of bottlenose dolphins was spotted off Cape May.BRICK - Brothers Barry and Joe Maurillo envision building a four-story, top-quality wedding venue and restaurant overlooking the northern end of Barnegat Bay, a place where newlyweds can admire miles of water from the structure's tiers of balconies.But neighbors of the proposed venue, which if approved would be built at the base of the Mantoloking bridge on the south side of Mantoloking Road, are getting ready to fight the plan before the Brick Board of Adjustment.Opponents gathered Wednesday night at town hall, where attorney John Jackson introduced the plan to the board and a crowd of more than 50 spectators.One of the first to object was attorney Jean Cipriani, who represents Mantoloking's municipal government. Cipriani said the borough was not notified of the hearing on the wedding venue and that some parts of Mantoloking may be within 200 feet of the venue's property line, which would have required legal notices be sent to the borough. Without proper notice, she argued the Board of Adjustment would lack the jurisdiction to hear the application.
This pod of bottlenose dolphins were hanging out 4 miles off the Cape May coast where the Cape May Whale Watcher, a tour boat, spotted and filmed them Dan Radel, @DanielRadelAPP
Attorney Gerald Darling, representing relatives who own property on adjacent Beaton Road, also came to fight the proposal.Against Cipriani's objections, the Board of Adjustment agreed to move forward with the hearing Wednesday for the restaurant and 350-seat banquet hall at the site of Garden State Marina.Vilamoura LLC of Branchburg, Somerset County, is seeking to build the facility, which would include an outdoor seasonal bar on the ground level, valet parking and first floor restaurant with outdoor deck. The structure's second floor would hold a cocktail area for the banquet facility and outdoor deck with a third-floor ballroom above. The proposed building would also have a fourth-floor wedding ceremony space enclosed in glass as well as bridal and groom suites.Caught on video: Road rage at a school bus in HowellThe existing marina on the property would remain in place, but with the addition of a two-story marina office and elevated deck on the first floor. That building would contain restrooms, laundry, storage and common areas for marina users. A new pool, covered patio and attendant's one-bedroom apartment also would be added.
Vilamoura is seeking a use variance for the banquet facility before the Board of Adjustment, since a banquet hall is not allowed in the zone, as well as a height variance for the structure. The building's proposed 78-foot height is more than double what is allowed in the neighborhood.The company proposes creating 547 parking spaces for the marina, restaurant and banquet hall.The company runs other wedding venues throughout New Jersey, including The Park Savoy in Florham Park, Nanina's in the Park in Belleville and the Park Chateau Estate & Gardens in East Brunswick.
Unable to complete the hearing Wednesday, the Board of Adjustment announced the meeting will continue at 7 p.m. July 10 in town hall, 401 Chambers Bridge Road.Education: Toms River Regional cuts 77 positions, raises school taxes'Time to kill': Twitter threat in Brick anti-Semitism incident under investigation
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