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Normandy Beach Eatery Approved for Outdoor Dining

Planning board gives approval

The Toms River Planning Board approved a small outside dining area for the Crabby Ricks Shore Shack on Route 35 in the Normandy Beach section of the township.

The applicant’s engineer Ray Carpenter said the business is located on the beach and has no inside seating. He estimated 85-percent of the business is take out, but that some customers like to eat on site and the owner was seeking to put up three tables to accommodate those customers.

The applicant needed to come before the board because much of the lot is non-conforming in its existing layout, however as the applicant is a tenant on the property he was seeking a waiver from making many of the improvements the code would require.

Carpenter noted that since taking possession of the store, new owner Richard Lee has already made some improvements by planting new landscaping and installing some pavers. As part of the application the applicant was proposing to improve traffic flow on the site so all exiting traffic was on Third Street rather than Route 35 and to create angled parking spaces whereas currently the site has an undelineated sand parking lot.

 “I think it is a great idea,” said Board Engineer Ernest Peters, who said the new traffic flow would be a “betterment for the residents of the community.”

Board President Bill Suchodolski agreed it would be unfair to ask a tenant to perform more work on the land than what was being proposed.

“We look to work with applicants when we can and it is right to do so,” said Suchodolski.

The board unanimously approved the application.

Kathy Bottone July 23, 2012 at 08:38 PM
We've already eaten there and outside on the picnic tables, too. The food is ok, but then again, it was probably the 2nd weekend they had opened and they were still working out some bugs. Owner and staff are friendly and anxious to please. If you don't like seafood, there are hamburgers, too. I thought he was a little pricey, though.
1stcav July 23, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Have to try it. We did eat at the Labrador lounge and the food IS great, a bit pricey but very good.Better to pay a little more for good food , then less for crap......

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