OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday voted to approve a site plan approval extension for an addition to be Sunsations on 92nd Street, approval of an addition of restrooms and outdoor seating at what will become Guido’s Burrito’s II and a five-year extension of the Sea Rocket location’s Conditional Use.
Guido’s Burrito’s II
Moving Into Angelo’s
The commission considered a site plan approval of an addition of a new toilet facility and exterior dining area at Guido’s Burrito’s II, which will be located on the northwest corner of 33rd Street and Coastal Highway. The original Guido’s Burrito’s is located on the Boardwalk.
Guido’s Burrito’s II will be moving into the former Angelo’s Restaurant, which had shared a building with Sandbar Lounge. The restrooms will be added to the north side of the building and a trellis with fenced in outdoor seating will be added to the front of the restaurant.
“This is a great improvement to this facility,” commission member Peck Miller said, as he made a motion to approve the addition of a toilet facility and outdoor seating to the restaurant based on staff recommendations.
The commission voted unanimously to approve on the condition of having an alley behind the restaurant become a two-way road to create better circulation for traffic on the property.
Sunsations Site Plan Extended
The Planning and Zoning Commission considered a site plan extension for a 2,596-square-foot addition to the Sunsations store located on the west side of Coastal Highway between 92nd and 94th streets. The original site plan approval expired on Feb. 21.
In August 2012, the commission approved the site plan for an addition to Sunsations that stands at the north end of a shopping center shared with Liquid Assets, Kirbys Pub, Candy Kitchen and Trattoria Lombardi’s Restaurant.
The shopping center had included a separate building on the northeast corner that has served as real estate offices and most recently a cigar shop, but was demolished and converted into parking.
At that time, the commission granted site plan approval with the stipulations a larger sidewalk space and landscaping on the corner of 94th Street for pedestrian safety will be installed and the Sunsations sign on the corner be upgraded.
“He [Sunsations owner Avi Sibony] still intends to do the project but he won’t start until the fall,” Zoning Administrator Blaine Smith said.
The commission recognized the sign has been removed but the posts remain as well as landscaping on the corner has not been completed.
The commission voted unanimously to approve the site plan for a subsequent 18 months based on the conditions the sign posts are maintenance and landscaping is added within the next 60 days, or before Memorial Day.
Sea Rocket Use Endorsed
A public hearing was held regarding a request for a Conditional Use to permit water-related parasail and wave-runner recreational activity for a five-year period located at 700 S. Philadelphia Ave., which is located on the south side of Sunset Park on the bay.
Attorney Regan Smith explained the request is essentially a renewal as Graham Bostic has been operating the Sea Rocket and watersport activity off of the property for several years.
The commission expressed concern over what the parking plan is when a proposed restaurant is constructed to the south of Bostic’s operation.
In October 2013, Buccaneer’s Caye at Shipwreck Cove was proposed to be constructed on the same property.
It is a triangular piece of property that is currently vacant, except for the Sea Rocket and watersport operating off of the water’s edge. When the restaurant was proposed the applicant expressed their intent to form an agreement with Bostic where the Sea Rocket will continue to operate out of this location, as well as share parking.
The commission voted unanimously to send the Mayor and City Council a favorable recommendation to approve the conditional use, and continue the same operation with the existing parking plan for the next five years. If or when construction should begin on the site Bostic will have to return to the commission to present an alternative parking plan.