First of all, I’m sorry I haven’t gotten back to the countless people who emailed me. I will get back to you eventually (I really am sorry!!). Yes, it’s been a while since I updated this blog and no, I did not escape Long Beach. I’ve been back home for several weeks now. The facebook group Long Beach Hurricane Information has done such a fantastic job keeping us informed that it would have been rediculous for me to try to duplicate their efforts. You can read all about the fine folks running that group here: LB Patch – Hurricane Facebook Page Helps Put Long Beach Back Together. They should be commended and given keys to the city. For a good few weeks they were our only link to Long Beach and I cannot thank them enough.
Besides the amazing folks behind that group, I want to send a shout out to John of Screw the boardwalk. Along side our impressive City Manager Jack Schnirman, John was extremely vocal rounding up help from other municipals. You can read about all that here: LB Herald – Thousands of volunteers aid city’s rebuilding effort. Thanks John! You are an asset to our community who also deserves a key to our city!
MOVING FORWARD: The current administration won the 2011 election solely on the issue of transparency (according to every single news article written after the election). I trust they will be transparent with the rebuild. Why not? They’ve been pretty good so far compared to the last guys on that issue!
Yes, we all want the boardwalk fixed asap. That being said, it’s going to most likely result in some soul selling to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. I’m hoping the boardwalk/beach rebuild involves a large vegetated dune, an extended beach, screws & harder wood because I’m not entirely convinced a storm wall is the way to go. Storm walls remind me of Katrina and New Orleans with their levee. Water has to recede if it ever breeches; I’m worried that a storm wall could turn Long Beach into a bathtub. (Off Topic) All this also reminds me of the Led Zeppelin song “When the Levee Breaks,” who I’m hearing will announce a major tour on Letterman tonight!
Heck, if FEMA foots the bill, I don’t care how they do it. Just no cement boardwalk because then it won’t be a boardwalk anymore (PLEASE!).
Immediately after the storm there was apparently some NBC benefit concert for Sandy victims. Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Sting & others were singing songs on TV for us! Unfortunately, none of us in Long Beach had electricity to even watch it! I would love to see something similar happen right here in our city by the sea! A benefit concert for LB victims and City Rebuild. It would be like the Quiksilver Pro 2011 sideshow that never happened. We can even get Q-TIP, who was ‘mysteriously’ taken off the bill last year. Oh, I’m only dreaming with this idea, but it would be great for local businesses.
In the meantime, where the hell have I been? Like most of you, I’ve been dealing with my own Sandy-crap. With all that and a new addition to my family, this hobby blog has been very hard for me to update. Since day one, seabythecity.com has been nothing, but a hobby to me. Not a penny has ever been collected running it. I never asked anybody for anything and I’ve had a blast doing it for the sake of Long Beach (and for fun). I do care about this city and it’s rebuild, so I will try to provide updates as much as I can. I just can’t promise how frequent that will be. I am currently sitting on a major non-hurricane Long Beach-related story which I might reveal soon, but you are going to have to wait a bit for that one. Other than that, comments are still closed, but if you have anything to say, email me.