Shipwrecked Mini Golf & Ice Cream gets approval

The owners of Shipwrecked Ice Cream have received final site plan approval to build a nautical-themed, 18-hole miniature golf course on the same property as the ice cream shop, at 3 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.

Becky and Patrick Adams aren’t completely cleared to build the golf course yet, though. They still have to get approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and finalize a few other administrative matters, explained Ken Cimino, director of Planning, Zoning & Development for the Town of Ocean View.

The Adamses want to create a miniature-golf course with waterfall and 19th hole for a chance to win a free game. Once all approvals are final, construction is expected to begin in November, although Becky Adams said she will be meeting with Cimino, “to discuss next steps.”

Last month, the Ocean View Board of Adjustment approved a variance, requested because of the irregular shape of the property.

In January, the Town’s Board of Adjustment approved a special-use exception to permit the mini-golf course in the General Business 1 zone. At that meeting, attorney Jim Griffin, arguing in favor of the exception, said the course was professionally designed, with attractive landscaping and natural features.

Adam Swain of Fancy Cutz, hired to landscape, also spoke in favor, saying there will be more than 100 native grasses and trees, plus 40 shrubs.

Still, some objected, worrying about how a miniature-golf course would fit in a town with a high senior-citizen population desirous of a quiet lifestyle. Others cautioned it would attract too much traffic, force guests to vie for parking spaces and eclipse the Assawoman Canal Trail.

But Adams said there will be about 30 parking spots, with a row of spaces from the ice cream shop to the sign and more behind the building, plus overflow room at the cabinet business next door. The owners of the neighboring business told her the shop closes at 5 p.m., so evening miniature-golf players are welcome to use that lot for parking.

Guests positioned to putt won’t necessarily make busy Route 26 busier, she said, because they’ll already be in town.

“It will be very natural, with 70 percent of our plants being native species from the area. As far as landscaping, there will be all-natural rocks, with the exception of the putting greens. Everything will be nature and rock, vs. concrete. We will have a waterfall with a little stream,” Adams said.

She and her husband chose the name Shipwrecked because of their interest in the history of shipwrecks off the Atlantic Coast.

“There will be anchors, plants, natural rocks. It will all tie in. One hole will have a small boat on it, but not a big boat. Players will be able to hit the ball through the boat to get to the hole or they can hit the ball around the boat. There will be a nautical theme, but not a pirate theme,” Adams said.

The course will be required to close by 11 p.m., keeping with the town ordinance.


By Susan Canfora
Staff Reporter