“I’m just downright irritated with the lack of information.” Re: Quiksilver Pro

I’m just downright irritated with the lack of information being provided to residents for the upcoming Quiksilver tournament. The FAQ’s on the city’s website are pretty useless when you get right down to it. This is how it reads to me:

What is it? A surfing tournament. Yeah, we get that.

Were is it? In the water right by all of that disruptive construction.

When? The first 2 weeks of September, which residents can see all over town in the form of fliers, banners, etc.

What happens at the festival? Bands and overpriced t-shirts.

Food and beverage? Um, yeah. Have ID and bring lots and lots of cash.

Who will be there? Kelly Slater. And some other surfers too.

Are there beach fees? Does a bear poo in the woods?

How do we get there? If you live in Long Beach you’re screwed. Don’t move your car for the duration of the event unless you have a driveway.

What about parking? If you live in Long Beach you’re screwed. Don’t move your car for the duration of the event unless you have a driveway.

What about traffic congestion? If you live in Long Beach you’re screwed. Don’t move your car for the duration of the event unless you have a driveway.

Where can I stay? This is a website for residents so I guess I can skip looking for a hotel room.

Any other guidelines? Yes, here are the rules of the beach you see all the time.

So on and so forth. It’s just a lot of non-information for people who live here. The only questions I frequently ask are what are we doing about parking and how will we handle traffic congestion, to which there are no solid answers. “Parking information will be posted on this website when it becomes available.” To me this reads, “The city might be doing something for resident parking but we don’t know what yet.” They’ll tell us soon yet the tournament begins in 2 weeks. These issues should have been resolved months ago.

If the LIRR were an option for me I would take it every day and never drive, however, it doesn’t really go anywhere except Penn Station. It would take me 2 transfers and 3 hours to get to work every day so I have no choice but to take my car. I usually don’t have much trouble in my part of town finding a spot but I’m absolutely cringing at the thought of how it’s going to be for those 2 weeks. I did look at renting a driveway for those days but the ones I’ve found are asking no less than $50 a day. A parking ticket is only $25 so guess which one I would choose?

The rest of the questions are pretty irrelevant to anyone who lives here. It’s just a lot more marketing nonsense that’s already plastered all over town. I work in marketing. I get it. Just answer my questions as a resident and you can scream the information from my rooftop.

The initial excitement over having this tournament come to Long Beach has quickly soured into imagining the worst. It’s entirely possible everything will work out perfectly fine but we have no precedent for an event of this size. City employees giving us nothing more than shoulder shrugs for issues that are important to us it doesn’t exactly lend itself to confidence in the ability to handle an event of this magnitude. I want to be able to relax and enjoy the event same as everyone else but all I need is an answer to one question: where the hell can I park?

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20 thoughts on ““I’m just downright irritated with the lack of information.” Re: Quiksilver Pro”

  1. My advise have FUN!!!! So tired of the complainers!!! I can only imagine how miserable you are. Try to find good things instead of always the bad you will be happier.. try some yoga maybe that will help

  2. LB Resident, sounds like you have a driveway and the option to take vacation time. I’m not a miserable person by any stretch. I simply have lots of experience coordinating large events and have seen what can happen with a lack of communication.

    I’ll enjoy the event once they let me know how they’ll accommodate the residents. I’m not the only person who feels this way. Just expressing what I’ve been hearing all over the place.

  3. I HAVE a driveway and I’m worried.. haha. I’m just worried about how it’s going to be driving home from work!

    I’m going to enjoy the event though.. will have to adjust my schedule for those 2 weeks..

  4. I’ll definitely enjoy the event. The whole point of this article is that the city needs to better communicate with the residents about the important stuff.

  5. Fortunately you and I live closer to the Loop so it shouldn’t be terrible getting out of town in the mornings. It’s the return trip that could be hairy!

  6. JUST discussing the event with my co-workers(none of which live in LB) and all look at me like I have 10 heads when I try to explain the parking situation to them- Im not sure if Im more concerned about the parking or the driving in and out of town in the AM and PM -Like Tracy I cannot take the LIRR and I do not have a driveway. I already have my vaca planned for December so that option is out. Sooo my plan is to hopefully change my hours for the 2 weeks- providing my boss goes for it. I would like to be home by at least 4:30pm the latest. But to be honest I don’t think it will make that much of a difference. My only other hope is that since I live in the East (next door to Pacific Beach) maybe it won’t be so bad? Im NOT in any way trying to be a Debbie Downer–I’ll be the 1st one on the beach to see Kelly Slater with his shirt off! But I think these are legitimate concerns for the residents and the clock is ticking away and we have NO ANSWERS-

  7. Update on parking but what about those of us near the other competition beaches, such as Pacific? This is absolute bull$h1t. There should be parking restrictions south of Park Avenue from Pacific to NY Avenue!

    There will be some resident-only parking restrictions from Magnolia Boulevard to Monroe Boulevard, south of Park Avenue. Detailed information is available online at http://www.longbeachny.org/cityclerk. You will may also visit the City Clerk’s office in City Hall to find out how to obtain a temporary permit.

  8. Hi Tracy,

    I think you might be jumping the gun here. The link you’ve posted is for standard parking permits related to the LIRR and municipal lots, nothing to do with any temporary or new systems for the competition – unless that’s not what you were implying.

    Following up, several residents have contacted me to say they have talked to city hall which continues to punt and say “call back tomorrow”

  9. Hi Tracy,

    I’ve taken a look at the update in the FAQ and they say:

    “There will be some resident-only parking restrictions from Magnolia Boulevard to Monroe Boulevard, south of Park Avenue. Detailed information is available online at http://www.longbeachny.org/cityclerk. You will may also visit the City Clerk’s office in City Hall to find out how to obtain a temporary permit.”

    Though, that website has no updates related to the competition. Good find.

  10. I’m on top of it, Shaun! I really am concerned about the range of areas that I mentioned. Having resident only parking in those areas will only push the excess cars into the surrounding streets, which is where I live. People who want to see the event will find a way there other than a car if we take that option away. Resident only traffic worked out fine with the US Open at Bethpage Black and it can work for us too.

  11. You are downright irritated? how do you have the time in your day to be irritated about this? it is two weeks of your life? I truly cannot believe the pervasive negativity on these sites. I have been a Long Beach resident for 15 years and to hear people say things like the “does the City have a plan for parking” or the “hotel sucks” is mind boggling – the hotel is bringing in commercial and sales tax that helps keeps homeowner taxes down – let alone EMPLOYS many friends and neighbors in the community. Does anyone still long for the days of urban blight and the King David? Parking in Long Beach has ALWAYS been bad and most of it is due to the fact that people have turned their garages into living space – it is what it is and granted more cars will be here for this event but I am not sure the City should SOLVE it, only manage it.

    It is a difficult economy. THIS event, one would hope……will give store owners and restaurants a shot in the arm – many of whom are your neighbors. The added impact of increased sales revenue will keep EVERYONES taxes down. So for two weeks, maybe it will be a traffic, parking ‘mess’ – but it is our mess and that is how it always is on Labor Day – but the flip side is we will have all these great surfers, really cool bands, Tony Hawk, lots of TV coverage……and if it doesn’t work out it seems their are plenty of ‘vocal’ people not afraid to tell the City how they feel.

  12. Kara,

    Where do you park? Again, I typically have NO issue in my area. I know parking has always been tight in Long Beach. I didn’t fall off the turnip truck yesterday. I just want the city to provide answers.

    The businesses will do fine and I’m very happy for them but as residents we all have the right to know how the city will handle this enormous event. I saw what happened to Key West when they had a huge event with tens of thousands of people on their little island. Do you really want to see drunk people pissing on your house? That’s my point.

    I did say that it might work out fine and it really might. We have no precedent for this and I’m only going off of my previous experience with large events on other geographical areas comparative to ours in size and population. I hope it does but, again, I want the city to keep us more informed about the coordination.

    This is not a place where I live. It’s my home and I love it and I want to know that it’ll be appropriately taken care of.

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