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Seven of the eight evicted Coney Island businesses may return to the Boardwalk for one more summer — but Shoot the Freak could be shut out of the deal.

After a drawn-out legal battle, the booted shops are set to receive a one-year lease that would end on Nov. 1, according to a report on the blog, Amusing the Zillions. Landlord Central Amusement International will allow Ruby’s Bar and Grill, Cha Cha’s and five other longtime businesses to move back into their original locations, but will place the bulldozed Shoot the Freak in an unspecified spot in the area. Central Amusement wants to use the kitschy attraction’s old Boardwalk site as an entrance to its new amusement park, Scream Zone.

Shoot the Freak co-owner Carlo Muraco confirmed that his paintball booth is the Boardwalk outcast.

“They are leaving out Shoot the Freak from the Boardwalk, but if they offer us another location, we’ll take it,” Muraco said.

But even the businesses that are likely to return to the Boardwalk will have less than a year to celebrate. The one-year-lease deal may stipulate that they cannot protest their eviction this fall. Central Amusement first kicked out the Coney Island Eight in November as part of a vision of glitzy stores and a fancy sit-down restaurants — a plan that hasn’t materialized, partly because of the lengthy eviction battle, partly because of the economy.

Central Amusement officials declined to discuss the ongoing negotiations but the businesses’ lawyer, Marc Aronson, said, “We’ve been working strongly on a settlement that will cover all eight businesses.”

Aronson declined to discuss further details, but added that the agreement may be finalized as soon as next week.

Both sides were due in court for a hearing this morning, but the case was adjourned until March 7. But Aronson vowed that the case would be settled before then.

Updated 11:02 am, February 16, 2011: Includes more information at the end.
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Joey from Clinton Hills says:
I liked shoot the freak, but only when the freak was willing to risk getting shot. Too often, they had freaks that were too much into self-preservation.
Feb. 16, 2011, 10:56 am
Dave from Clinton Hill says:
They have to keep Shoot the Freak, it's totally old skool!!
Feb. 16, 2011, 2:39 pm
theinsider from brooklyn says:
hey alex, who told you the economy was partly to blame?
i've got bloombergs millions at the ready.
the only thing holding me up from taking over is this stupid legal battle. once i get in there my twelve dollar beers will pay for the inconvenience rather quickly.
Feb. 16, 2011, 4:06 pm
Arthur R. from Re: Coney Island says:
One Year Renewal?

Sorry that’s just not enough of a lease renewal!

This fight was not about a little renewal – this was about preserving the unique historical and special flavor that defines Coney Island. Let’s not win this little battle just to surrender the war!
This fight for the preservation of the historic and accessible Coney Island should not be given up for the small appeasement of a one year – then demolish agreement.
Continue the pressure to save a flavorful Coney Island and NYC!
Feb. 21, 2011, 12:16 am

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