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?