The boardwalk demolition ceremony was necessary. We needed to have a chance to say goodbye to our old, beaten and splintered friend. Can you imagine nothing being said or done, then all of a sudden the boardwalk is gone? No. That’s why this event was necessary. We needed to say goodbye to the past and hello to the future.
For those who missed the ceremony, here is a quick run down:
A few local politicians said a few words. There was a prayer, a lovely poem, a history lesson & free wood. Yep, pieces of the boardwalk were handed out at the end of the ceremony.
And because I always have something to say:
One thing I don’t understand is the attitude how we need to work on getting homes rebuilt and the LB Medical Center back in business before we do anything with the boardwalk. I just cannot understand that attitude. I’m sorry. Yes, it’s very important for us to get people back in their houses and for our medical center to be back, but it’s a completely separate issue! One has nothing to do with the other. Multitasking is not impossible.
The boardwalk is so vital to Long Beach in so many ways. It’s not just about property values, jobs or all the countless charity marathons. The boardwalk is part of our family. It’s our way of life. It’s one of the reasons why we choose to live in Long Beach in the first place. Let’s face it, the boardwalk is fun and we are allowed to have some fun in our lives. The longer that boardwalk is down, the more depressed we will get. That is why I fully support our city council and manager for acting so fast on removal and (hopefully) the rebuild. We need our fun back asap!