(Feb. 7, 2020) The Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission approved an outdoor gazebo bar addition at the Bayside Skillet restaurant on 77th Street on Tuesday, despite an earlier department review hiccup.
“This is something that actually came through as a building permit,” City Zoning Administrator Kay Gordy said. “Because of the new process that we’re going through, some of the other agencies had gotten it and already approved it — prior to me getting it and finding out it was over the 200 square feet to do the site plan.”
Gordy said by the time she realized the error, all details had been worked out, so there wasn’t much left to do other than approve it.
In the design proposal, the gazebo bar would be located on the northwest corner of the building, near the existing outdoor deck.
The commissioners had concerns over parking, but Gordy explained that because the gazebo was an open-air concept, it would require no additional parking.
Additionally, even if the gazebo had required more parking, the Bayside Skillet likely would have been okay, as it currently has 79 parking spaces, despite only being required to have 43.
“Because this had come in as a building permit, [City Environmental Engineer] Gail Blazer already approved it, fire marshal’s office approved it, solid waste — everything has already gone through what they needed to go through, so this one is pretty straightforward,” Gordy said.
Gordy added that parking expansions typically weren’t needed unless outdoor spaces exceeded the square footage of the enclosed area, which was not the case for Bayside Skillet.
The commission unanimously approved the site plan.
“I think it’s a great idea, because it’s got that view. It’s beautiful,” Chairperson Pam Buckley said.