In answer to one of the most frequently asked online questions by Island vacationers, a spokesman for Jen’s Links at LBI, the 36-hole miniature golf course under construction in Barnegat Light, said this week no opening date has been set.
“The owner, Jennifer Lackland, wants it perfect; that’s why we’re not rushing it,” said Robert Hanselmann.
He said construction work and details will go on for “as long as it takes,” because the course is “going to be there forever.”
“It’s a tribute to the Island,” he said, “and we want to make sure it’s done right.”
The project at 501 Broadway, which will feature three 20-foot waterfalls, received borough planning board approval in 2016 for applicant Jennifer Lackland, managing partner of Daveco Industrial, LLC.
The property contains parking for 20 vehicles onsite, which exceeds the 17 required under borough codes, officials said.
The course designer is Harris Miniature Golf Courses Inc., of Wildwood, builder of 800 courses worldwide. At the planning board meetings in 2016, designer Glenn Lynn said the plan would be “one of the most elaborate designs we’ve done.” Built into the course will be a fishing village, marina, water features, a cave, a grist mill, landscaping and educational signage.
The firm Concretelinks is doing the construction, hired by Harris Miniature Golf.
Hours will be from 10 a.m. to the last ticket sold at 10 p.m., under the plan approved by the planning board.
The approved plan also called for the 14 lighting fixture poles to be 15 feet high, which was a reduction from 22 feet that was first proposed. Among other testimony during the planning board hearing, decibel levels from other courses’ similar waterfalls were presented and they fell below the maximum limits in any of the borough’s ordinances.
While the project is enthusiastically anticipated on social media by vacationers and others, as construction has progressed one question by some neighbors concerns the amount of parking that could occur on nearby streets.
Barnegat Light Borough Council introduced an ordinance at its June meeting that proposed banning parking on both sides of West Sixth Street between Broadway and Bayview Avenue. The reason given was that Sixth Street is a truck route between businesses, already has heavy pedestrian use, and the golf course could be another consideration.
However, at the monthly council meeting on July 11, that ordinance was tabled. Next month, council members planned to discuss the possibility of restricting parking on one side of the street only, or may take no action, saying they didn’t have enough information yet on what the streetside parking situation will be when the golf course opens.
— Maria Scandale