Tuckerton Planning Board Requires Screening of Marina Buildings

Jan 23, 2019

The Tuckerton Land Use Board has denied Shelter Cove Marina owner Mark Hatmann a waiver from providing screening of the 41-foot-tall fabric building that was recently moved from one spot along South Green Street to another within the marina property and installed on a series of concrete blocks that raised it another 6 feet.

After lengthy discussions between the owner, his attorney, Howard Butensky, and engineer Douglas Rohmeyer and board members on the type of screening and where it would be placed, the consensus was that green plastic slats will be placed in the 8-foot-high chain link fence, every other link to let air and water through in the case of flooding, but only in front of the fabric building and another 87-foot steel structure that has yet to be built.

An issue arose when Butensky challenged the town’s fence ordinance that requires only a 4-foot-high fence (with 50 percent openings to allow air and water to pass through) along frontages. The Sheltered Cove fence is 8 feet high.

Board member Wayne Tonnesen questioned how the marina was able to reconstruct this nonconforming fence after Superstorm Sandy.

Board member Jim McAndrew, who is also the borough’s code enforcement officer, said properties can repair damage done by natural disasters without getting a permit.

Councilman Keith Vreeland, who sits on the LUB, suggested the aesthetics of the marina would be enhanced if the entire length of the chain link fence, 740 feet, was given the same treatment of green slats in the fence along Green Street. This was what residents of Tuckerton Beach had asked for when the application for the second steel building came before the board in August, said board member Peter Gioello.

But Butensky said there was a precedent made in the Appellate Division court on a similar matter for a marina in Surf City that found requiring fence mitigation on the entire frontage burdensome to the property owner.

Hatmann also threw another snag into the mix: He wanted to use fabric screening rather than slats.

The public had a chance to speak, but only about the screening in the fence.

Rita Menzer had brought pictures of what she sees from her front windows as she looks across the street to the giant fabric hanger. “I feel like there’s a cloud across from my home. Why would you have ever approved this?”

Board Chairman Calvin Morey told her to confine her comments to the fence only.

Gary Corriero said the aesthetics of South Green Street were already ruined with the addition of the giant fabric building. “None of us want the marina to do poorly, but he’s got to come in with a five-year plan. What he does impacts the rest of us.”

John Zabrinski said at one time the applicant agreed to put in sidewalks, but now he doesn’t have to. “I don’t even know where that went.”

Menzer said she would not want fabric erected on the fence as the wind would cause it to flap. “I love having my windows open for the sea breeze, and I don’t want to hear fabric flapping.”

In another matter, Malgorzata Piatck was granted a variance for the 2 inches her newly built house is encroaching on the side and front setbacks.

The board also reorganized this evening and unanimously voted for Calvin Morey as chairman and Joan Rosenberg for vice chairwoman. Keith Vreeland agreed to be substitute board secretary as needed. The board hired professionals Carol Sceurman as secretary, Mark Rohmeyer of T&M as board engineer and Robert Shinn of Woodland, McCoy and Shinn as board attorney.

— Pat Johnson

patjohnson@thesandpaper.net

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