OCEANPORT: The developer that is currently leasing the Fort Monmouth marina located in the borough is targeting a June 28 date to begin its operations.
Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) Marketing and Development Officer announced at the the June 18 board meeting that AP Development Partners, LLC has been working the last few weeks to get the marina ready for the summer season.
Hodes said the developer is looking to start serving food and drinks at the marina, which will be known as The Marina at Oceanport, by July 4.
The Oceanport Council approved a place-to-place transfer of a plenary retail consumption liquor license during its June 19 meeting so the developer can serve alcohol on the premises.
Borough Administrator John Bennett said the restaurant on the premises is currently undergoing “extensive renovations” and will eventually feature a full kitchen, raw bar, sports bar and a deck area. The restaurant will not likely be open until late July or early August, but it will be a year-round operation once its doors open.
FMERA prepared an RFP (request for proposals) for an operator for the marina earlier this year and AP Development Partners, LLC was chosen.
A request for offers to purchase (RFOTP) was issued for the 3.9-acre parcel in October, and the FMERA board has begun to evaluate the proposals it has received.
However, a purchaser will not be chosen before the start of this year’s boating season.
“Because the Army is unable to transfer title at this time, we will lease the marina from the Army and open it via an operator,” FMERA Executive Director Bruce Steadman has said. “We anticipate that the marina title will be transferred by the end of 2014, and that we will be able to sell it prior to the 2015 season.”
Mahon said AP Development Partners is one of the potential bidders for the property.
Bennett AP is only operating the marina as a concessionaire and are not paying taxes at this time but that they “hope to become the long term purchaser” for the property.
The property consists of a 71-slip marina and boat launch ramp on Oceanport Creek, a 2,600 square foot boat house and associated off-street parking.
Mayor Michael Mahon said that after Hurricane Sandy, channel markers were not extended into the section of creek near the marina.
“A Coast Guard unit out of Staten Island is responsible for those those markings,” Mahon said. “It’s important for it to be marked.”
AP is also planning on making some repairs to the marina, which was damaged by Sandy, including the replacement of some sections of bulkhead.