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Hamburg cancels contract with Woody’s Beach Club at Woodlawn Beach

Hamburg Town Board members Monday night terminated the contract with Woody’s Beach Club and Taqueria at Woodlawn Beach State Park.

Supervisor Steven Walters said the town wants to seek bids for the concession at the beach, and “to see whatever opportunities are out there for the town.” Bids are due March 31.

Councilwoman Cheryl Potter-Juda voted against ending the contract with Woodlawn Beach Entertainment. She said the contract calls for a 90-day notice, and she felt the town should honor the contract. Walters said the action the town took Monday was to give the vendor proper notice.

The restaurant, which operated two bars, including one on the beach, had been the concessionaire since the town took over operations at the beach three years ago.

Tucker Curtin, Woody’s operator, last year accused the town of treading on his exclusive rights to sell food and alcoholic beverages under his contract, and erecting a tent that encroached on Woody’s area.

Curtin had a three-year contract with renewal options that could extend it to 12 years. He paid a $4,000 base rent, plus 2 percent of his gross sales to the town. The town had notified him last summer that the base rent would be going up 20 percent this year.

Woodlawn Beach increased attendance every year since the town took it over, and had a record attendance last year.

Also Monday night, the board rezoned property at the northwest corner of South Park Avenue and Bayview Road from commercial to neighborhood-commercial to allow for the construction of a 48-unit apartment project.

The board placed conditions on the rezoning, including the construction of a two-lane driveway to Bayview Road, and requesting the Planning Board reexamine an entrance on South Park Avenue during its site plan review.

Other conditions include placing appropriate buffers and screening from residences to the west and north, keeping drainage from the adjacent Berkley Square and Berkley Place developments and apartments having a minimum of 1,000 square feet.


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