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Aztec – 41 Years Young

The Aztec Ocean Resort is celebrating 41 years in business next month.  Here are some news articles from spring of 1971. You can enlarge the thumbnail images with your mouse.

    

    

Images are from The Terry Groffie Collection

Dutch Mill Inn

This is a view of Swayze’s Dutch Mill Inn that was located on the Boulevard between Hamilton & Webster Avenues.  Today the properties are the site of Club Karma and Luna Derosa Restaurant.  The Swayze family owned numerous bars in Seaside Heights over the course of many decades such as Swayze’s Bar (present day site of Jack & Bills on the Boardwalk), the historic Parrot Club, Aztec Lounge, and the Dutch Mill Inn shown here.  The Dutch Mill Inn building was destroyed by a fire that I can remember clearly.  I arrived on the first fire truck which had nothing more than a  1″ hose line on a reel (practically speaking, the hose was the equivalent of a high pressure garden hose).  I can recall pulling and stretching the hose line toward the sidewalk with my back toward the fire and then, as I turned around, I looked up and saw the extent of the fire. I chuckled to myself and thought, “well, this hose isn’t gonna do a damn thing!”  Other better equipped engine and ladder trucks soon arrived. Some photos of the fire are posted at the Seaside Fire Museum website.     

Photo from the Terry Groffie Collection

Swayze’s Parrot Club

409 Boulevard…1940s…This “Parrot Club” establishment was on the Boulevard  before taking its place in future years on the Boardwalk near the Seaside Heights Casino. Eventually, the 409 Boulevard property burned to the ground while it was known as the Dutch Mill Inn (some of you may also remember it as the Rusty Nail) and still owned by members of the Swayze family. I personally remember that fire well. I was on an exterior hand line with fellow firefighters from the Seaside Heights Vol. Fire Company. It was a major fire that we had little chance of stopping. The old wood construction provided plenty of fuel for the fire. For geographic reference, the property is now a part of the site that includes Club Karma and Luna Rosa.