Tiki bar plan may be denied after concerns expressed Monday

The plans for a tiki bar along M-104 appear to be heading south after a lengthy discussion Monday night by the Spring Lake Township Board. Susan Tyke and her boyfriend, Mark Frifeldt, approached the board late last year with plans for Coconut Cove - a restaurant/sports bar at the former Ray Baker Classics building, 15400 Cleveland St. on Lloyd's Bayou. They said they hoped to open the 2,480-square-foot tiki bar across from Orchard Market in July and scaled down their plans for an open deck after the board voiced concerns about noise levels.
Marie Havenga
Apr 12, 2011


Although there was no formal vote Monday, the board directed township attorney Ron Bultje to draft a resolution of denial — citing concerns over traffic and residents’ complaints.

About a dozen people complained about the proposed establishment at a public hearing in December 2010.

Frifeldt and Tyke told the board they’ve heard from many people who are excited about having another dining choice in the area. Tyke described the proposed establishment as “bright and cheery, with great views of the water.”

Township Supervisor John Nash said the board “could vote differently” next month on the resolution to deny the project, but only two board members — Ron Lindquist and Judith Miljan — spoke in favor of the business on Monday.

The formal vote is expected at the board’s May 9 meeting.

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Hard working folks looking to bring business into our area.... DENIED...

Excellent idea to put something there, I would even promote adding some dockage to help draw in boaters from the river and SL. I thought this was a pretty conservative area, dosen't that mean that the free market should define what is where? If it's too noisy no one would go, so the market would correct itself right.... NIBMBYs


It is a shame that the Spring Lake Township Board may deny this request for a new dining establishment and to have access via the lake and the highway. I would think that we would encourage new business growth. I would much rather see an "Open for Business" sign instead of "For Rent". The lake is to be enjoyed by everyone and not just by people who choose to live on it.


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