Angry Island House residents turn up the volume on Margate Commissioners. Listen to audio from Aug 19 meeting.
Why doesn’t Ventura’s Greenhouse beach deck have proper state permits? The beach is governed by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. (NJ DEP) Anything done there requires a CAFRA permit.
Non-compliant beach deck behind Ventura’s Greenhouse?
Noise from Ventura’s registers between 80 and 85 decibels. City ordinance says nothing louder than 65db.
Division of Land Use Regulation regulates use and development of coastal resources though Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA).
According to the Margate Commissioner meeting of June 18, 2020, NJ DEP notified VENTURA’S that they were deficient. They didn’t have a permit for their beach bar next to the dune. On July 8, another inspection was executed. It was determined that violations remain uncorrected. Ventura’s still didn’t have proper permitting.
In a letter dated July 21, 2021, if Ventura’s Greenhouse wasn’t in compliance by August 20, violations could result in a fine of up to $25,000.
Town should be checking for CAFRA permits, especially on the beach.
Margate gave a permission to a business, that had no permit to use the beach.
Current ordinance limits sound levels to 65db. Unfortunately, police don’t have the necessary equipment. No one trained to read the equipment. Therefore, they can’t enforce noise issues.
Atlantic County DOES have decibel reading equipment. After finding the limits above legal levels this past weekend, Ventura’s was issued a notice of violation.
Commissioner Amodeo: Boy, wouldn’t it be nice to have a condo building there instead. I tried!
Commissioner Blumberg: A condo tower could have really blocked that noise.
Margate Commissioners Public Comment.
I live on 19th floor of Island house. The music is so loud that I cannot sit on my patio. I have to keep all my windows closed and I don’t know how they could get away with this.
Sunday night DJ’s. 150 people crowding into a small area. The music on Sunday night is so loud, you can’t even sit on your balcony.
You did it under the ‘consent agenda’, which should only be used for non-controversial issues.
You gave Bocca and Ventura the right for music til 8p. Well, it is controversial and I think you guys should have actually had it as a public hearing to get the comments before. But obviously you didn’t do that.
Margate Commissioner Amodeo: We had plenty of discussions in a public forum.
Margate ordinance 11-2013: no outdoor music or public address system shall be permitted. No outdoor seating shall not be permitted if it will interfere in any way with the peace and quiet of nearby residents.
Atlantic County now taking decibel readings. Ventura’s getting fined.
The noise is incredibly loud. It’s inappropriate in a residential area.
There is vulgarity included in the music that is being played.Public Comment