SEA BRIGHT: MAINSTAY HELPS CLUB REBUILD

Chubby Marks at the rebuilt Edgewater Cabana Club, above, and working in a construction trailer at the club this winter, below. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

Standing beside a freshly installed, jumbo-sized kiddie pool at the newly renovated Edgewater Cabana Club in Sea Bright on a sun-drenched June afternoon, Chubby Marks can barely go a second without being greeted by passersby.

With a seasoned politician’s flair, the 83-year-old beach club manager shakes hands, coos to small children and remembers everyone’s name – without exception.

Samuel “Chubby” Marks has been general manager of Edgewater Cabana Club – formerly Water’s Edge – for 18 years, and the lively, personable 83-year-old Sea Bright mainstay said that he has no plans of slowing down anytime soon after playing a pivotal role in the reopening of the club, which held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this weekend to celebrate its first full week of operation.

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POSSIBLE ARSON SEEN IN SEA BRIGHT FIRE

hot-topic rightA beach club cabana fire resulted in a brief closure of Route 36 in Sea Bright Wednesday night, according to a report by the political blog MoreMonmouthMusings.

The blaze, at the Driftwood Cabana Club, was being investigated as a possible arson, Councilman Read Murphy says in a video interview shot by blogger Art Gallagher.

Called in as a possible beach bonfire at 10:07p, the fire was “spinning out over the top of the buildings” when borough police arrived, Murphy says. “It turned out it was a cabana, fully involved.”

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SURFRIDER EXPANSION PLAN REJECTED AGAIN

hot-topic1In a case that hinged on arcane voting rules about planning boards that do double duty as zoning boards, the state Appellate Division has rejected a Sea Bright beach club’s bid to expand its catering business.

The appeals court last Friday overturned a Superior Court ruling that would have allowed the Surfrider Beach Club to add to banquet facilities that had been approved in 1992.

The borough zoning board denied the expansion plan in 2005 over concerns about noise and other disruptions, and the owner, D. Lobi Enterprises, sued.

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