Residents of Island House in Margate are asking why Ventura’s Greenhouse is still operating a beach deck without NJ DEP (Dept of Environmental Protection) approved permits.
Margate Commissioners John Amodeo and Maury Blumberg both believe that Ventura’s can legally operate on the beaches of Margate. (listen to audio below)
On July 14, 2022, Ventura’s was fined $46,000 for illegally operating on the beach. (see document below)
Ventura’s has 30 days to remove the party deck structure.
Margate looks to have granted a beach deck permit, three years in a row to Ventura’s, without following NJ state DEP & CAFRA rules.
Margate Business Administrator Richard Deaney and Margate City were also made aware of this fine and violation on July 14, 2022.
BACKGROUND: On June 18, 2020, notice of violation was issued to both Margate City and Ventura’s for non-compliance with CAFRA law. (see DEP document below)
LISTEN to audio from July 21, 2022 meeting.
In addition to the illegal beach structure, there are claims of loud and offensive music that often goes past 9p cut-off time. Music volume often reaches 70-90 decibels, well above legal sound limits set forth by Margate commissioners. WATCH VIDEO >
Margate Zoning Officer Roger McLarnon: Margate can issue permits to Ventura’s Beach Deck, as long as there is NJ DEP approval.
Margate Commissioner Maury Blumberg
Vigorously defends Ventura’s party deck. Blumberg unaware of DEP violation and fine? Unable to provide proof of permitting.
Ventura’s Margate Fined $46,000 by NJ DEP for Illegal Beach Party Deck.
Margate Commissioner John Amodeo
Made false statement during meeting. As far as I know, he (Ventura’s) has a permit to be out there, otherwise the DEP would shut him down.
Ventura’s Non-Compliant, Illegal Party Deck on Margate Beach.
Both Margate commissioners and the Mayor were unable to provide written proof, permit paperwork or legal documentation that shows Ventura’s can operate a party deck on the beach, complete with bar, dance floor, live music and DJ.
What is NJ Cafra? In 1973, New Jersey enacted the Coastal Areas Facilities Act (CAFRA), which is designed to protect the vital shore areas of New Jersey from being overdeveloped.