The man behind a push to set up an Italian-style beach club on Bondi Beach has received death threats from the public.
Janek Gazecki has been receiving online threats against his life since he announced plans to set up the Amalfi Beach Club on the iconic beach in Sydney’s east.
Mr Gazecki first went public with the idea in October last year and had planned to lodge a development application with Waverley Council last week – though the council says it has not received an application.
The plans have stirred controversy from the public calling it ‘un-Australian’ while some critics have taken it upon themselves to personally message Mr Gazecki and threaten him, Daily Telegraph reported.
‘Sleep with one eye open,’ one message read.
Janek Gazecki (pictured with his wife Natalie) has been receiving online threats against his life since he announced plans to set up the Amalfi Beach Club on the iconic beach in Sydney’s east
The former lawyer has announced plans to push forward with plans despite opposition from locals and politicians, and has released teaser images of the venue (pictured)
The plans have stirred controversy from the public calling it ‘un-Australian’ while some critics have taken it upon themselves to personally message Mr Gazecki and threaten him
Another one warns: ‘Make sure you have plenty of life insurance’.
The messages were sent in November and Mr Gazecki says he has since notified New South Wales Police.
The entrepreneur said the backlash from the community has taken a heavy toll on both him and his wife.
‘It is an emotional situation and we’ve been through hell,’ Mr Gazecki said.
‘My wife has been in tears at times because of this.’
Daily Mail Australia contacted NSW Police for comment.
The former lawyer and Bondi resident has dismissed claims the venue is an ‘exclusive’ or ‘private’ club that would only cater for the rich and famous.
Mr Gazecki insists the plan is no more controversial than ‘a restaurant in the sand’ and said anyone is welcome to enter the venue regardless of their age or wealth, he told The Guardian.
The Amalfi Beach Club is intended to run for four months from November to February, operating with a kitchen and a bar, with a capacity for 100 people.
Patrons no longer have to pay $80 to enter the club, but can purchase a cabana or day bed for the same price to go towards their spend on food and beverages.
Mr Gazecki has said there is already a daybed hire business about 100 metres from his proposed stretch of sand.
Mr Gazecki announced plans to lodge the development application with the Waverley Council (pictured, an artist’s impression of the Amalfi Beach Club)
Mr Gazecki said his Italian-style beach club has been designed to fit in with the existing Bondi Pavilion
‘The only difference with us is we wish to introduce a food and beverage service to go with that,’ he said.
Mr Gazecki said the venue would take up 1.3 per cent of the 55,000 square metres of sand on the beach and had been designed to fit in with the existing Bondi Pavilion.
‘The Mediterranean design celebrates the heritage of Bondi Beach by paying tribute to our very own Pavilion, also inspired by inter-war Italian architecture, while complimenting the sandstone hues of Bondi’s headlands’, a post on the Club’s Facebook page read.
Mr Gazecki revealed the process of building the club’s facade had already begun and shipping containers had been purchased to constitute the kitchen and bar.
The entrepreneur said opponents of the plan had been misled as to how large and exclusive the venue would be and insisted he didn’t plan on privatising the beach.
‘None of that stuff that hit the media was in any way related to our proposal,’ he said.
‘It was weird speculation. It is pure and simply a restaurant on the sand. It is not privatising the beach, we are leasing the beach.’
Mr Gazecki (pictured with his wife Natalie) said the venue is for ‘everyone’, regardless of their wealth or age
Mr Gazecki compared his proposal to plans to host a pop-up restaurant on Manly beach this month for the ‘Taste of the Beaches’ food event organised by the Northern Beaches Council.
The Waverley Council confirmed on April 25 it had not received a development proposal for the Amalfi Beach Club.
‘Bondi Beach is crown land and therefore landowner’s consent from the minister for planning and public spaces is required prior to any DA being determined,’ a council spokesperson said in a statement.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes, who has the power to approve the plan, says it will not happen.
‘It’s privatisation of prime public space and it crosses a line in the sand,’ he said.
‘Bondi is Australia’s most iconic beach and the public want free access to it.’
Mr Gazecki compared his proposal to plans to host a pop-up restaurant on Manly beach this month for the ‘Taste of the Beaches’ food event organised by the Northern Beaches Council