By Tom Patton Wed, Feb 10, 2016
Reeves: "Sometimes you have to make a hard choice"
The City of Atlantic Beach has approved the site plan for the Gate Petroleum convenience store and gas station planned for 535 Atlantic Boulevard next to Beach Diner.
The city approved the site plan for the proposed convenience store. The next steps in the process are approval of a building plan and issuance of a building permit.
The city has not yet made a determination as to the hours of operation of the convenience store, or the proposed use. "A determination will be made when the applicant seeks the City's signature on its state alcohol license. Be aware that the city may require the proposed use to close between 2:00 A.M. and 7:00 A.M." as required by the city's code for establishments that serve or sell alcohol.
During construction, the Beach Diner will have access to the required 19 on-site parking spaces, its loading zone, and full use of its facilities before, during, and after construction. "If there is an interruption to the Beach Diner, a stop work order may be issued," the city said.
Many residents had implored the city commission to let the Community Development Board to review the proposal, but since Gate was not asking for any variances, and the store is allowed under the zoning, that did not happen.
"Sometimes you just have to make a hard choice," said Mayor Mitch Reeves.
No firm timeline for demolition of the existing structure or construction of the convenience store has been established.