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Enclosed Ceremony Space

You and your guests are going to fall in love with our new ceremony space. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning panoramic waterfront views. No more stressing about weather conditions; this space can be used year-round and has central air and heat to ensure you and your guests are comfortable. For those having off-site ceremonies, this is the perfect place to get your family portraits taken before cocktail hour. Speaking of cocktail hour, beyond the new ceremony space is an outdoor veranda! Your guests can enjoy their cocktails while overlooking the beautiful Manasquan River.

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Breathtaking Waterfront Views

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Wedding Suite

Join us prior to your ceremony or cocktail hour and slip on your wedding dress in our NEWLY UPGRADED first-floor wedding suite. Your private attendant will ensure that you have everything you need to relax and fully experience this magical day.

Our Wedding Suite includes a dressing area equipped with floor to ceiling mirrors, elegant furnishings and a private en suite restroom to allow you and your wedding party to feel at home and welcome on your special day. Private access to the ballroom and outdoor area allows you to move freely about the venue without being seen prior to your ceremony.

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Next: Wedding Dock

Wedding Dock

Our wedding dock invites you to step into a world of tranquility and elegance, where every frame is a masterpiece waiting to be captured. Whether you're striking a pose with your bridal party or stealing a quiet moment with your beloved, our dock offers the ideal canvas for your wedding portraits. Designed to create picture-perfect memories.

A Picture-Perfect Setting

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Cocktail Area

As friends and family enter our Riverview Room to join us for Cocktail Hour, they will be greeted with a chilled glass of champagne. Not only does this space have the classic elegance and waterfront views, but also a dazzling assortment of food stations, passed hors d’oeuvres and chefs cooking food to order!

Our international selection of cuisine and overabundance of options has become the new gold standard of cocktail hours.

The Perfect Space to Celebrate Together

Next: Ballroom

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After your cocktail hour, your friends and family will be escorted upstairs to our Grand Ballroom. Our recent upgrades have made the ballroom light and airy and allowed for more breathtaking views. Guests are sure to be stunned by the Italian crystal chandeliers, coffered ceilings, and our circular dance floor! Not to mention our new and improved bar that allows guests to mingle with ease without any crowding.

The essence of what makes a Clarks Landing Wedding so special is in the details. Directly above our sprawling dance floor is our state-of-art speaker system allowing the music to completely encompass the dance floor and not the surrounding guest seating. The circular design of the dance floor assures an all-inclusive feeling. Cocktail service is offered tableside or can be requested from our full-service premium open bar, if you desire. After experiencing our professional service staff and incomparable food selection, guests will leave your wedding reception feeling like they were on a cruise or in a five-star restaurant.

A Luxurious Room for Dining and Dancing

Next: Rooftop Deck

Rooftop Deck

With our rooftop deck, you won't miss a beat of your celebration. Step out seamlessly from your reception to capture those magical moments against the backdrop of the setting sun or under the twinkling night sky. The glass railing of our rooftop deck provides unparalleled providing unobstructed views of the water and the spectacular sunsets that grace our shores year-round. Our deck offers easy access, ensuring that your photography session flows effortlessly throughout your special day.

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704 7TH STREET AVALON, NJ 08202

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The Avalon Yacht Club is considered one of the most sought-after premises for weddings & events in South Jersey! Our exquisite location along the bayfront makes our club one of the most beautiful venues in the area, & a perfect location to host your wedding or private party. Our breathtaking panoramic views provide the ideal atmosphere & setting for your special day. Our staff is ready to plan your perfect event & we look forward to hosting the most memorable day of your life.

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Upon arrival, your guests will walk through the front doors into the Entryway, with plenty of space for welcome signs, table cards, decorations, & picture frames. Customize it how you like!

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Make your way into the Dining Room where we boast the best panoramic water views on the island! Our bright and airy ballroom sets the stage for the celebration. With more windows than walls, you’ll take it all in as you dine & dance the night away while the sun sets in the distance.

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Sunsets are a big deal here! We coordinate the timeline of your evening according to the sunset so that you and your photographer don’t miss the opportunity to take your perfect glowing portrait!

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The Main Bar has plenty of wraparound space for your guests to gather and grab a cocktail. Our experienced staff will make your drinks just the way you like!

With the sparkling Atlantic as your backdrop, our North Deck is the perfect spot for your Wedding Ceremony and/or Cocktail Hour. Rain? No problem! Our pergola features a retractable roof and side-screens to ensure everyone stays dry. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the deck is quickly transformed into the ultimate Cocktail Hour space, complete with an outdoor bar.

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Planning your wedding day at the Avalon Yacht Club is a breeze. We offer a professional and experienced staff, from our culinary, management and service team. We will help with every intricate detail from start to finish and will coordinate all necessary planning. The Avalon Yacht Club is dedicated to creating an experience that you will never forget. The club’s General Manager Brian Juliano, and Event Coordinator Jarrod Sykes will make your vision become a reality and make certain no detail is overlooked. Our Executive Chef Peter Mark is at your disposal and will work with you to personalize your menu selections. He and his culinary team are committed to making your day special and will prepare a menu that you and your guests will enjoy.

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"The Avalon Yacht Club was the absolute perfect wedding venue. From the ceremony and reception, to the views, to the incredible food and staff this place is amazing. If you are looking to have the best wedding ever, this is the place. We really can’t thank you all enough for the best day of our lives, especially the AYC coordinators Jarrod and Brian. Our wedding day was seamlessly perfect. Jarrod answered all of my questions and helped me get together my day of time line ahead of time, they even set up all of our decor beautifully. On our wedding day we had absolutely nothing to worry about (Brian even helped carry my train during pictures) Also compliments to Chef Peter our guests have been giving us so many compliments on how the food at our wedding was the best they ever had. If you are looking for a venue that has it all, this is the place for you. To save you some time visit them first, check out the ceremony space on the bay view deck and you won’t even need to see any other venues. Thanks again for helping us have our dream wedding. "

"Simply put the Avalon Yacht Club blew us away. The beauty and simplicity of the venue and view speak for themselves. They are spectacular. However, what really made the AYC so amazing was Jarrod, Brian, and the rest of staff at the Club. From the beginning of the planning process they all became like family to us. At any moment they were there to relieve all pressures that come with planning an event. Jarrod and Brian made sure that the day of our wedding went off seamlessly. The food by Chef Peter was perfect All of our family and friends have reached out to us with heaps compliments on how much they loved the wedding venue and food From the bottom of our hearts we thank you all so much for being the most gracious venue to work with. They say events take a village and the family at the Avalon Yacht Club will forever be in ours”

THIS PLACE IS AMAZING! Everything came together perfectly thanks to the staff at the Avalon Yacht Club. The managers, Jarrod & Brian, coordinated every detail and made our day worry free We knew we made the right decision after our first meeting there. They are well connected with a lot of different vendors in the area. Every part of the perception was planned out os the night went seamlessly. I was a carefree bride!!! Chef Peter, Seth, and Steve set us up with the most amazing food. They had a lot of options for appetizers and desserts and made great recommendations. You also can’t beat the views at this place! We planned to see the sunset at cocktail hour and it was absolutely gorgeous. We have received endless compliments since the wedding on how much fun it was. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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Hotel/Resort, Private Estate, Ocean/Waterfront View, Ballrooms, Luxury

Guest capacity:

Accommodates up to 250 guests

Ceremony / Reception

1450 East Bay Avenue Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Description:

If you are looking to provide your guests with a destination wedding experience without leaving the Jersey shore, Mallard Island Yacht Club may be the venue for you. The beautiful Barnegat Bay surrounds this gorgeous Long Beach Island estate. There is nothing more romantic than exchanging vows in front of a stacked stone fireplace. The feeling of intimacy is augmented by the presence of loved ones, the soft glow of candles and a crisp ocean breeze. If you prefer an al fresco ceremony, exchange vows out on the lush lawn under the warmth of the golden sun. The gothic sanctuary is an outdoor plaza with grand archways and ornate ceilings that evoke a sense of Old-World Charm. This space is a great location for cocktail hour as your guests mingle, enjoying cocktails, appetizers, and a coastal breeze. Your wedding celebration reaches its peak with a grand reception in the club’s elegant and lavish ballroom. Tiffany blue ceilings and romantic cove lighting set the stage for an enchanting evening. After dinner, French doors lead into a scenic atrium where you and your guests can dance the night away under a sparkling array of romantic lighting. The dedicated staff will assist you to ensure that no detail is spared when planning your special day.

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The rental fee ranges from $13,000 to $19,000 for a reception and includes up to 6 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. A refundable security deposit of $5,000 is required.

Amenities and Restrictions

- Wedding planning services

- Bride's dressing area

- Groom's dressing area

- Dance floor

- Coat check room

- Upgraded chairs

- Linens, silverware, glassware provided

- Outdoor lighting

- Venue set up and clean up

- Overnight accommodations available

- Day-of coordinator

- Champagne toast

- Complimentary bridal suite

- Full kitchen facilities

- Large parking lot

- Tables Provided

Restrictions

- All food and beverage handled by venue

- Food & beverage minimum

- Venue must approve all decorations

- General liability insurance required

- No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.

- Catering provided by venue

- Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors

- Smoking outside only

- Alcohol must be provided by venue

- Music must end by 2:00AM

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Located in Sea Isle City, New Jersey, Yacht Club of Sea Isle City is an elegant wedding venue with stunning views of the bay. The original clubhouse was established in the early 1940s and has since been reimagined into a modern setting. It offers both indoor and outdoor spaces that can be used for weddings, with a relaxing, sophisticated, and welcoming environment. The passionate and professional staff delights in helping couples host unforgettable occasions.

Facilities and Capacity

Yacht Club of Sea Isle City sits overlooking the intercoastal waterway, providing waterfront vistas and splendid sunset displays. Not only is there space for weddings, but also engagement parties, showers, and rehearsal dinners. Ceremonies and cocktail receptions can take place al fresco with outdoor event spaces available. The interior rooms are light and airy, with large windows, lofty ceilings, and white and blue tones throughout. Below, the hardwood flooring adds to the venue’s classic and sophisticated ambience. The many architectural details of this thoughtfully constructed club allow couples to celebrate their wedding against a refined backdrop.

Services Offered

The staff at Yacht Club of Sea Isle City have an eye for detail and are devoted to curating events that will leave a lasting impression. Caitlin McMahon, the venue’s event coordinator, assists couples in arranging many of the logistics regarding the big day. She can provide couples with more information regarding the club's wedding packages. During the event, the professional team ensures that each detail runs smoothly while taking care of setup and cleanup for the couple’s convenience. With over three decades of experience, Chef Shawn McBride crafts the event's meal, with customization possible. Fine wines and an array of spirits are also available to complete the dining experience. If couples choose, they can request signature cocktails and other beverages to be included in the menu. Event rentals, lighting and sound equipment, decor, centerpieces, arches, and more are also available. Outside vendors are welcome, giving couples more choices when planning their big day.

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Mallard Island Yacht Club Rates

Overnight and 5 hour rental packages, plan your perfect wedding, two rental options to suit your needs.

Mallard Island Yacht Club has a site fee to reserve the estate and a separate fee from the exclusive caterer for all food and beverage.  For the site fee you have two options to reserve the estate, renting the entire estate or renting the estate for a five-hour event plus the onsite ceremony in the Boathouse Chapel. The site fee includes use of the estate, the tables and chairs that are in the Ballroom for your reception, and the chapel if you wish to have your ceremony on property.

Catering not included in rental price.

Full Estate Rental

Includes accommodations for 24 guests, may-october.

  • Friday: $24,000
  • Saturday: $30,000
  • Sunday: $24,000

November-April

  • Friday: $18,000
  • Saturday: $22,000
  • Sunday: $18,000

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Not available for saturday rental.

  • Friday: $20,000
  • Sunday: $20,000
  • Friday: $15,000
  • Sunday: $15,000

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Clarks Landing Yacht Club Wedding Cost: How Much Will It Cost You?

Clarks Landing Yacht Club wedding cost is a beautiful and elegant venue for a dream wedding. Located on the banks of the Manasquan River in Point Pleasant, New Jersey . The club offers stunning waterfront views and a luxurious setting for couples looking to tie the knot.

From the moment you step into this gorgeous venue, you’ll be struck by its timeless charm and sophisticated style. In this article, we’ll explore what makes Clark’s Landing Yacht Club such a perfect destination for a wedding celebration.

The Clark’s Landing Yacht Club is an idyllic location for couples looking to exchange vows by the water. The venue boasts a grand ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer panoramic views of the river, creating a stunning backdrop for your ceremony or reception.

The outdoor patio is perfect for cocktail hours, and the club’s private dock allows you to arrive in style by boat. The expansive lawns and gardens surrounding the club are perfect for taking photographs and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

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Testimoni This venue is the cream of the crop. Nicole and her team did an amazing job giving a tour, and breaking down the packages. Providing support for our florist, dj, and shuttle. The venue is gorgeous, the staff is amazing (each table had their own waiter/waitress )and when food was brought out to each table. Each person was given their meal at the same time.

History of Clarks Landing Yacht Club Wedding

Clark’s Landing Yacht Club has a rich history and tradition of hosting beautiful weddings that goes back decades. The club is situated on the banks of the Manasquan River in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. And has become a beloved venue for couples looking to tie the knot in a picturesque setting.

The history of Clark’s Landing Yacht Club can be traced back to the 1960s when it was established as a private club for boat owners. The original clubhouse was a simple building with a small dining room, bar, and deck that overlooked the river. Over time, the club grew in popularity, and it became a sought-after destination for those seeking an elegant waterfront setting for their special events.

The renovations transformed Clarks Landing Yacht Club wedding cost into a premier wedding venue , and it quickly became one of the most sought-after destinations in the region. The club’s expert staff worked tirelessly to ensure that every wedding was unique. And couples could customize their event to their exact specifications. Over the years, Clark’s Landing Yacht Club has hosted countless weddings, each one unique and memorable in its way.

The venue’s expert staff works closely with couples to customize their wedding, providing exceptional service every step of the way. Here are some of the facilities that the Clark’s Landing Yacht Club offers:

  • Grand Ballroom: The centerpiece of the Clark’s Landing Yacht Club is the grand ballroom, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning panoramic views of the Manasquan River.
  • Outdoor Patio: The outdoor patio is the perfect location for a cocktail hour or an al fresco dinner. With views of the river and ample space for guests to mingle, it is an ideal spot for guests to relax and enjoy the scenery.
  • Private Dock: Clark’s Landing Yacht Club has a private dock, which can be used to arrive or depart by boat. This adds an extra element of elegance to any wedding, and it is a unique feature that sets this venue apart from others.
  • Bridal Suite: The Bridal Suite is a private space for the bride and her bridal party to get ready before the wedding ceremony. The suite is elegantly decorated and includes a private bathroom and seating area, providing a comfortable and luxurious environment to prepare for the big day.
  • Groom’s Room: The Groom’s Room is a private space for the groom and his groomsmen to prepare for the ceremony.
  • Gardens and Lawns: Clark’s Landing Yacht Club has beautifully landscaped gardens and expansive lawns, which are perfect for taking wedding photographs. The scenery provides a stunning backdrop for couples to capture their special moments.

Here are some of the services that the Clark’s Landing Yacht Club offers:

  • Wedding Planning: Clark’s Landing Yacht Club has a team of experienced wedding planners who work closely with couples to create a customized wedding plan. The planners will help coordinate every detail of the event, from choosing the menu to selecting the perfect floral arrangements.
  • Catering: The venue’s in-house catering team provides exquisite cuisine, using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. The catering team can customize the menu to fit any dietary restrictions or preferences. And they offer a variety of serving options, from buffet to plated meals.
  • Bar Services: Clark’s Landing Yacht Club offers full bar services, including beer, wine, and cocktails.
  • On-Site Ceremony: The venue offers a stunning on-site ceremony location overlooking the Manasquan River, which can accommodate up to 400 guests. The venue provides chairs, an arch, and other ceremony décor.
  • Setup and Cleanup: The venue’s staff takes care of all setup and cleanup. Ensuring that everything is ready for the wedding ceremony and reception. This includes setting up tables, chairs, linens, and other décor items, and cleaning up after the event.
  • Valet Parking: Clark’s Landing Yacht Club offers valet parking for guests. Making it easy for everyone to arrive and depart safely.
  • Accommodations: The venue is located near several hotels, making it easy for out-of-town guests to find convenient accommodations.

However, here is some general information about the pricing of a wedding at this venue:

  • Venue Rental Fee: Clark’s Landing Yacht Club requires a venue rental fee that varies based on the day of the week and the time of year. Typically, the rental fee is higher on weekends and during peak wedding season. This fee generally includes use of the ceremony and reception spaces, as well as standard amenities such as tables, chairs, and linens.
  • Catering and Bar Services: The venue’s catering and bar services are typically priced per person. And the cost can vary based on the menu and bar package selected. Clark’s Landing Yacht Club offers a variety of menus, from hors d’oeuvres to plated dinners. And couples can also choose from a range of bar packages. That can include everything from basic beer and wine to premium cocktails and champagne toasts.
  • Other Services: Additional services such as valet parking, cake cutting, and audio/visual equipment may also be available at an additional cost.

Overall, the cost of a wedding at Clark’s Landing Yacht Club can range from around $150 to $300 per person, depending on the services and amenities chosen. It’s important to note that some services, such as wedding planning and setup/cleanup. May be included in the venue rental fee, while others, such as flowers and photography, would need to be contracted separately. Couples should work closely with the venue’s wedding coordinators to determine the specific pricing and services. That best fit their budget and preferences.

Guest Capacity

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Here is an overview of the guest capacity for each of the spaces:

  • Riverside Pavilion: The Riverside Pavilion is a waterfront event space that offers panoramic views of the Manasquan River. This space can accommodate up to 400 guests for a seated dinner reception.
  • Bay Room: The Bay Room is an elegant indoor event space that can accommodate up to 200 guests for a seated dinner reception. This space features high ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and large windows with views of the marina.
  • River Room: The River Room is a smaller event space that can accommodate up to 80 guests for a seated dinner reception. This space also features large windows with views of the marina and river.

Overall, Clark’s Landing Yacht Club has a total guest capacity of 400 guests for a seated dinner reception. However, the venue can also accommodate smaller weddings and events in its more intimate event spaces. Couples should work closely with the venue’s wedding coordinators to determine which space best fits their guest count and preferences.

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Lakewood zoning dispute over catering hall takes a turn; lawyer wants to see guest list

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LAKEWOOD – When Judah Ribiat’s daughter got engaged it created a conflict of interest for him on the Zoning Board of Adjustment, which is reviewing an application for Lake Terrace, the catering hall where her reception is planned.

So Ribiat agreed to no longer sit in on the meetings where the application was being reviewed or vote on the final decision of the board.

But that’s apparently not enough for attorneys representing neighbors who oppose the catering hall application and contend Ribiat’s conflict as father of the bride goes much deeper.

More: What does this wedding have to do with the Lakewood zoning board?

In a recent letter to the board, Attorney Robert Shea -- who represents several neighboring businesses -- demanded details of the wedding plans, including copies of checks written by Ribiat’s family to Lake Terrace and even the wedding guest list.

“Due to Mr. Ribiat’s sudden recusal at this late stage of the proceedings, we are respectfully requesting any and all factual information surrounding the conflict,” Shea wrote in a July 12 letter to Board Attorney John Jackson. “This information is essential to supplement the record and allow all parties to have a full understanding of the extent of Mr. Ribiat’s conflict, as well as any impact it may have on the application.”

The detailed wedding demand is just the latest salvo in an ongoing dispute that dates back years and most recently drew further interest when Ribiat recused himself last month.

First, attorneys on both sides were concerned that if Ribiat was removed from the issue, only six board members would remain when five are needed to approve any variance.

That sparked discussion of appointing someone to fill Ribiat’s spot for this lone issue.

Now Shea’s objection and deeper information request may delay proceedings set to continue July 22.

Shea said Ribiat’s ties to the catering hall were not revealed until the last meeting on July 1, claiming a father of the bride is more of a conflict than simply a relative of a family wedding.

“Information was provided that a relative of Mr. Ribiat had recently booked a wedding at the property,” Shea wrote in the July 12 letter. “Since then, we have learned, that the conflict which was discussed is in regard not to just any ‘relative’ but to Mr. Ribiat’s daughter.”

Shea added that he was never told of the closer relationship by the board or Lake Terrace attorneys, but through an Asbury Park Press story posted on July 10.

He said that more information about how long the wedding has been in the planning stages and Ribiat’s exact connection to Lake Terrace related to the planning must be provided before any board vote can occur.

Specifically, Shea’s letter said he is seeking:

  • The date discussions began between Lake Terrace and Ribiat’s daughter.
  • The date the contract was signed.
  • Copies of any checks paid to Lake Terrace for the wedding.
  • The identity and title of the Lake Terrace employee with whom Ribiat’s daughter planned the wedding.
  • Dates of any discussions Ribiat had with Lake Terrace related to the wedding.
  • Information on any discussions Ribiat had with fellow board members about the wedding.
  • The entire wedding guest list.
  • Date of the wedding and when Ribiat became aware that the wedding reception would occur at Lake Terrace.

“It should be noted that prior to the recusal Mr. Ribiat sat on the board for every meeting since the inception of this application on May 7, 2023 up through May 20, 2024,” Shea wrote. “There is a concern that Mr. Ribiat’s participation up to this point may have tainted the entirety of the application.”

Jackson said that Ribiat’s recusal is enough for the proceedings to continue: “The Board member recused himself from that matter when the potential conflict arose. The issue is therefore resolved.”

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He added that Ribiat’s daughter was not engaged until mid-June and Ribiat immediately recused himself from any meetings related to the Lake Terrace application.

“He contacted me and explained that they looked at what venues were available and a date available that could hold that many people,” Jackson said about Ribiat. “Lake Terrace was the only one with a date available so they booked it there.”

Zoning Board Chair Abe Halberstam declined to speculate on the impact of the request, stating, “I know that our attorney is on it and he is the one that is dealing with it, it is out of my pay scale.”

Specifically, Lake Terrace’s application is for a variance to keep operating in the city’s industrial zone, a permit it has never received and a situation that has drawn interest for more than a year.

Without Ribiat, the board will only have six voting members, not its usual seven when it’s set to vote on the application on July 22.

That did not sit well with Attorney Adam Pfeffer, who represents Lake Terrace and believes he has a better chance of getting the required votes if all seven members are present.

“It is our right to have seven members,” Pfeffer said at the last hearing on the matter July 1. “However the process is, we may need someone to come on the board.”

Pfeffer did not respond to requests for comment this week.

Shea said earlier this month that bringing in an outsider to serve on the board for this case is not fair.

“It is a little bit too late,” Shea said. “We have had six members for several meetings and this is a result of Mr. Ribiat’s creating a conflict for himself.”

Jackson, who called it a “gigantic case” said Wednesday that appointing a temporary member to replace Ribiat on this issue is likely not feasible given all of the background and material that would have to be reviewed by a new member.

“I am just not optimistic we could do that,” he said in an interview. “I anticipate we are going to proceed with six members and take a vote, but I cannot predict the future. But that is what I am preparing for.”

Jackson said the law allows the zoning board to operate with as few as four members as a majority because it has seven total. But he said a variance needs five affirmative votes to pass.

More: Neighbors say Lakewood catering hall never should have opened, but township leaves it be

If the board continues considering the application without Ribiat or a replacement, six members would be voting on an application that requires five votes to pass.

Jackson said he is reviewing the options, which could include appointing a temporary board member for this issue, possibly from the planning board. He also said the board could invoke a “doctrine of necessity” provision to allow Ribiat to serve but did not think that was likely.

The “doctrine of necessity” provision was notably used in 2000 for a case involving the Bay Head Planning Board’s review of a land use application next to the Bay Head Yacht Club.

It turned out that seven members of the planning board were also yacht club members, sparking a lawsuit by another landowner seeking approval for a related project who claimed the yacht club members on the board had a conflict of interest.

A Superior Court judge eventually ruled that the yacht club members could vote on the case out of the “necessity” provision because if they were excluded a quorum would not be possible for a vote.

The Lakewood Zoning Board wrapped up testimony on the Lake Terrace case on July 1 and has tentatively set final summations from both attorneys for July 22, with a potential vote that day on the variance.

Lake Terrace has been involved in the  ongoing battle  over its future for several years.

The variance issue dates back to 2015, when Lake Terrace opened as a catering facility at 1690 Oak St., but without the required zoning approval to operate in an industrial zone.

In 2020,  Clayton Associates, one of the neighboring businesses, sued Lakewood Township , claiming it allowed Lake Terrace to operate without proper zoning approval.

The lawsuit, which was amended to include other neighboring businesses and landlord Sudler Companies, said the operation created an unlawful nuisance. The case is still pending.

Last year the catering hall filed an application for a retroactive variance so it could continue to operate as a banquet hall in the industrial zone. 

But nearby business owners, including the Sudler Companies, have fought the application, claiming it’s not justified and presenting evidence that alleges the 36,000-square-foot hall causes traffic and parking problems.

The Lake Terrace property was once a vacant office building with approval to become a school. The school closed in 2009 and in 2015 the building, under the ownership of KBS Mt. Prospect LLC, started operating as a banquet facility.

Joe Strupp is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience who covers education and several local communities for APP.com and the Asbury Park Press. He is also the author of four books, including Killing Journalism on the state of the news media, and an adjunct media professor at Rutgers University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Reach him at [email protected] and at 732-413-3840. Follow him on Twitter at @joestrupp

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