It was another not-so-hot summer for the Brick Beach III snack stand, at least as far as sales were concerned.
Ongoing work to build a steel sea wall revetment and post-Sandy repairs led to lower beach attendance than previous years, not to mention half the Beach III parking lot being out of commission most of the summer. So the township council honored a request by the outgoing tenant of the stand to provide a refund. It’s the second year in a row a refund has been provided.
The council voted last week to refund $5,150 to Frederick L. Toscano, of Eatontown, who ran the stand this past season.
“He was not able to make the same amount of profit he had” in the past, said Council President Susan Lydecker.
Toscano was one of the contractors who submitted a bid for a three year contract to continue leasing to the snack stand, but was ultimately outbid by Park Eats of Holmdel.
Park Eats bid $40,053 per year for a total of $120,159 over the three-year period, versus Toscano’s bid of $83,121 for the three year contract.
Overall, beach attendance was still down during the 2014 summer season compared to the period before Sandy hit. Brick sold 5,624 season badges this year compared with 7,505 in 2012.