Owners of the potential Amherst Ave aqua park presented ideas to the Margate Board of Commissioners on Thursday, Oct. 18.
The Aqua Park owners are Maggie Day and Tom Tice. Day is president of Stone Harbor’s Chamber of Commerce. Tice runs Island Water Sports Park in Stone Harbor.
The so-called ‘Island Aqua Park Margate’ would feature floating inflatable rafts and slides from June thru September. The attraction would be open from 9a to 6p daily.
Days sees the Margate bayfront as a ‘members only club’. That’s gotta change she says. Only bayfront property owners or those who dock their boats can enjoy the bay for recreation and views.
The aqua park will have at least 12 lifeguards on duty. Life jackets are mandatory.
Patrons will use ramps to the pier, which lead to floating slides and other bouncy inflatables. A ticket counter will be constructed on the pier.
If permits and approvals are green-lighted, the park could be open by spring 2019. But that’s not guaranteed.
Tice and Day are now asking the State of NJ to issue a dredging permit. They want to dredge their portion of the Margate back bays.
Also: Will Tice and Day replace the portion of Margate-owned bulkhead connected to their property? That’s the way it works with other adjacent businesses.
Will neighboring Lamberti’s fulfill their agreement to replace bulkheads?
Up next: present Aqua Park project to NJ DEP, and then, to the Margate Planning Board.
Will Margate become Wildwood? Some fear it could, eventually. Ex: the not-so-miniature golf course, and threats of another beach front high-rise / hotel.