City of Long Beach 1984s Parking Problems (There Are No Parking Problems)

I asked a neighbor on Saturday who has mixed-feelings on the impending Surfpocalypse if he didn’t have to worry about parking during the competition ,would he still be as bearish on the coming circus.  His answer, to summarize, was basically no.  If he didn’t have to worry about parking, a lot of the worries about the Quiksilver Pro would fade (but not all).

So that brings me to what may boil more than a few resident’s blood.  In July, City of Long Beach posted an FAQ that attempted to cover most of the questions raised in the lead-up to the Quiksilver Pro.  In there they said:

There will be NO parking in the areas near the Surf Zone and Live Site unless you live in that area.   Residents who live in those neighborhoods will receive identification cards. Information about neighborhood IDs is forthcoming.”

and what to do with a car if you’re a tourist?

“The ideal spot to park will be at Nickerson Beach in Lido Beach where direct shuttle bus service will get you in and out of the Surf Zone and the Live Site each day.  Limited parking will be available at the municipal parking area at the LIRR Station on Park Avenue.”

Alright – so a plan.  Residents will get passes – tourists park at the beach clubs.  I contacted the City many times and never got a response when I asked how this would all work: were passes going to cost money, how do you prove residency, how do we stop non-residents from just parking anyway?  Yea, never got anyone to actually answer any of this.

After letting it go for a little bit while they sorted things out, I came back to the FAQ as it reads now.  Looks like someone has been busy updating.  Both sections above are gone and replaced by this:

The ideal spot to park will be at Jones Beach West End Beach #2 where direct shuttle bus service will get you in and out of the Surf Zone and the Festival each day.  Limited parking will be available at the municipal parking area at the LIRR Station on Park Avenue.

Parking information will be posted on this website when it becomes available.

So Nickerson is out and people will be bused all the way from Jones Beach.  And those resident permits that were going to be so useful – yea, not so much.

A reader was able to get through and get an “official” word.  Basically, the call went like this:

Reader: “I’m a resident and want to know when I can get my parking permit during the competition?”

City of Long Beach: “Yea… well we haven’t worked out the details on that yet.  We’ll mail everyone in town when we have something together.”

Reader: “The competition is in two weeks, when will the details be together?”

City of Long Beach: “Well we don’t know, we’re not really sure, we might not do that anymore anyway.”

I think parking is frankly the crux of residents’ complaints.  Yes, there are other issues, but the day-to-day irritation that is going to bother people is parking.  The City has seemingly punted, buried their head in the sand, and hopes this issue will magically just go away.  Then, to go a step further and with an Orwellian-sweep and erase sections of the “Questions and Answers” without acknowledging they’ve updated it is a bit duplicitous.

So why not give the City of Long Beach a quick call and ask about where those parking passes went:  (516) 431-1000

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4 thoughts on “City of Long Beach 1984s Parking Problems (There Are No Parking Problems)”

  1. So basically the residents get screwed… again! It doesn’t look like we’ll have much time to pickup passes if they decide to go that way. My question is… people are going to come right to LB, not Jones Beach first, will cars actually be turned away within the Live Site area? Anyone uncover who will be paying for police overtime? You guys should try to get a hold of the contract that we signed with Quiksilver… it should be public record.

    I think signing a 3 year contract with Quiksilver should have entailed a vote at the ballots. The city should have had a detailed plan, both on the operational and financial sides, to inform everyone and let the residents make the decision. But then again… the council is only interested in money! Anyone know what they plan to do with the extra income? Fix our drainage maybe? 🙂

    Did anyone that regularly attends council meetings hear anything about the possibility of the Surf Comp before it was actually approved?

  2. I’m starting to wonder if they will just set up road blocks and you have to show proof that you live there, like a drivers license. Because the event is pretty soon.. they have to get a move on!

  3. Me again. The beach by me has been designated as a competition beach but is not considered to be either a “surf zone” or “live site.” This is not good. They need to get their act together very fast or I’ll start a revolution against the event ever coming back, regardless of contract!

  4. I’m starting to wonder if they will just set up road blocks and you have to show proof that you live there, like a drivers license. Because the event is pretty soon.. they have to get a move on!

    Agreed, this makes the most sense and easiest to implement. I can’t help but think they want to squeeze more money out of us by offering the standard residential only permits as mentioned on Patch today. Also, it would allow any LB resident with the permit to park at the event, not just the local (“Live Site”) residents.

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