'We don't have enough information': Green Lake Plan Commission tables shark shack tiki bar

The Green Lake Plan Commission discussed a conditional use permit and site plan approval request for 477 Bayview Court, which would allow for an 8-foot by 20-foot mobile metal container to be used for an outside tiki bar.

The Green Lake Plan Commission tabled its discussion regarding a conditional use permit and site plan approval request for 477 Bayview Court, which would allow for an 8-foot by 20-foot mobile metal container to be used for an outside tiki bar.

John Maczuzak and Chris Barbin of Big John’s Shark Shack applied for the permit, but were not on hand during the Plan Commission meeting to address concerns and answer questions.

“I’m a little disappointed the applicant is not here to discuss this,” Green Lake Mayor Ray Radis said.

According to a staff review document prepared by Green Lake Zoning Administrator John Lust, there will be at least two employees in the tiki bar and it will be open Mondays and Wednesdays through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Additionally, Lust wrote that a lighted, free-standing sign and wall sign are proposed for the tiki bar and the property owners plan to have live music Fridays and Saturdays from 8 to 10 p.m.

While Lust recommended the approval of the outdoor tiki bar, it’s unclear exactly what the plan for it is as neither Maczuzak or Barbin were on hand to present to the Plan Commission.

As a result, Plan Commission members felt they didn’t have enough information to recommend approval to the Common Council.

“We don't have enough information,” Plan Commission member John Meiborg said. “They can't present it. Is it going to be a shipping container?”

City Attorney Dan Sondalle noted the metal structure cannot be a shipping container because it would violate an existing ordinance that prohibits shipping containers in the city.

Plan Commission members expressed confusion about what the metal structure would look like.

“Boy, I’d sure like to see what it's going to look like,” said Tim Jankowski, a member of the Plan Commission.

Beyond officials wanting more information, several neighboring residents expressed concern about the proposal related to possible noise and lighting.

“I would hate to see this turned into the type of situation where everybody parks their cars and walks up to it and thinks, ‘Boy, we can get started before we get seated,’” said Guy McMillan, a neighbor.

The issue was ultimately tabled for the next Plan Commission meeting, which is slated for Monday, April 19.

“I don't think we have anywhere close to enough information,” Plan Commission member Robert Reichold said. “I'm not saying it would be against code to do it, but we have to look at how they want to power it, if they're going to have power — look at Norton's tiki bar for example, they have power going to it for lighting. We have to find out what this is going to do.”


In other news from the Plan Commission meeting:

  • The Plan Commission unanimously approved an annexation petition from Dean and Karen Sales for part of W1158 South St. The Common Council also would have to approve the annexation before it becomes official.
  • Additionally, the Plan Commission also unanimously approved a recommendation for the Common Council of a certified survey map for resurvey of 643 and 653 Illinois Avenue.

Written By

Joe Schulz served as the reporter of the Green Laker in 2019 and 2020, before being hired as a reporter for the Commonwealth in October 2020. He is from Oshkosh and graduated from UW-Oshkosh in December with a bachelor's degree in journalism.


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