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  • Legal issues tie up Horseshoe Bend food truck case

  • The public hearing on a rezoning request for a lot on Crow Rd. in the Horseshoe Bend area was continued a second time at the request of applicant Anthony Bommarito, Jr.
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  • The public hearing on a rezoning request for a lot on Crow Rd. in the Horseshoe Bend area was continued a second time at the request of applicant Anthony Bommarito, Jr.
    Legal issues continue to tie up the case, according to Camden County Planning & Zoning officials.
    Located next to the former Dock Knockers Restaurant, the property has been used as a commercial parking lot and was the site of a mobile restaurant over the summer.
    The application for a special use permit to allow the use over the summer of a trailer to sell food out of was denied by the Camden County Board of Adjustments.
    The property where the trailer was located is zoned single family residential, and the county's Future Development Map identifies the property as Suburban Neighborhood.
    Bommarito has applied to have the parcel rezoned to medium impact commercial as he also seeks to clear up a lawsuit regarding the property and business next door.
    Bommarito formerly operated Dock Knockers Restaurant at the 4 mile marker under a lease of the property from his grandfather's trust managed by his uncle Ralph Keeney III. The two family members are now involved in a lawsuit over the establishment.
    Keeney has testified that Bommarito built the parking lot without permission during his former long term lease.
    There have been claims on the other side that the work was done with the permission of Bommarito's grandfather and that the business use was in place prior to the implementation of the P&Z district in 2004.
    A further legal dispute has also since emerged over access to the parking lot through an easement over Wheelhouse Marina property and Modular Concrete Docks.
    A driveway on Crow Rd. provides access to a residence on Bommarito's 24,000 square foot property. The lakefront parking lot with the trailer is on this parcel but a steep grade between the two does not allow for regular traffic access.
    Residents in the area have testified against the rezoning.

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