Boardwalk Focus Group Meetings Initiate Open Discussion [Mark your calendars!]

The City of Long Beach and Sustainable Long Island will be hosting Boardwalk Redevelopment focus groups in the next two weeks that are open to all members of our community. Residents are encouraged to attend and provide input on what is most important to them during the rebirth of this legendary landmark.

Meetings will be held on the 2nd floor of the Magnolia Senior Community Center (650 Magnolia Boulevard) from 6-8pm on the following dates:

February 6 (focusing on residents living between the east side of Grand Blvd. & the west side of Long Beach Rd.)
February 11 (focusing on residents living between Nevada Blvd. & the west side of Grand Blvd.)
February 13 (focusing on residents living between Maple Blvd. & the east side of Long Beach Blvd.)

On February 20 from 6-8pm, a city-wide focus group meeting will take place on the 6th floor of City Hall with a presentation of the findings from online surveys and all previous focus groups.

Please visit longbeachny.gov to fill out the survey form.

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17 thoughts on “Boardwalk Focus Group Meetings Initiate Open Discussion [Mark your calendars!]”

  1. This is all just a game to make resident feels like the process is open. The goal here is not to have the most durable boardwalk, or the safest, or one that can be part of an oceanfront barrier to protect property owners and City residents. The goal is to get the tourists into LB asap for the summer – filling the bars, the restaurants, taking summer rentals, etc. So you will see quick construction of the boardwalk using the most expedient methods, starting with a section from National to Long Beach Road so the fairs and festivals can take place on it this summer. That’s the top priority, but no one from the City will admit it.

  2. That should be the top priority because the boardwalk and our beach is the biggest if not only industry in the CITY of Long Beach. Those fairs, festivals and bars bring in people (local business customers). Would you rather this city be run with no industry whatsoever so the residents can pay even higher taxes to pay for the city to run? How about all the businesses close down because there are no customers? Or answer this – how many jobs are there in Long Beach that cater to tourist traffic? Go ask the 3 surf shops, the boutiques with souvenirs, the deli’s that sell beach passes and chairs, the ice cream shops, the hotel, restaurants and every other business what they think of tourists in Long Beach. LIke it or not buddy without them this will be one heck of a ghost town with a tiny tax base and high unemployment.

    I say hang a banner that says WELCOME TOURISTS on the boardwalk, advertise in the New York Times and get as much press as possible so the whole world knows when Long Beach, NY is back in business.

  3. City residents benefit little from the focus on tourism. Sure, the business owners make money, and so do people with seasonal real estate interests. But they pay the same property tax regardless. The City has no sales taxes on the economic revenue of tourists. The City makes money on the beach fees, but costs for police and sanitation far outstrip that – the City actually loses money on the beach, even more when you consider how many walk-ons there are who do not pay. And the tourists lower the quality of life for residents – drunks in the west end, parking congestion, etc. So why should the rebuilding focus be on tourism, at the expense of protection for taxpaying residents?

  4. You won’t solve the boardwalk/beach/flooding problems with focus groups. It needs some high-powered engineering working with the United States Corps of Engineers. Amateurs do not have a clue about the relative cost and effectiveness of options.

    I find it amazing that the boardwalk reconstruction and design is not be doing the being done in parallel with the flood control problem. It makes absolutely no sense since they have to work together for an effective answer.

    It would be truly idiotic, in the standard Long Beach political sense, to try to solve both problems separately

  5. The city hired one of the top engineering firms to design the boardwalk. The army said they won’t include a new boardwalk in any new beach plan. FEMA is paying for most of it, hopefully.

  6. Good points here, Sam. Maybe “we” (whoever that is) need to figure out how we can make money from visitors, aside from giving them parking tickets and charging to use the beach (the problems with which, you’ve mentioned).

    If LB had the authority to charge a 0.5% sales tax, that would hit visitors and residents alike; but if they did that while they simultaneously lowered property taxes, would people go for it? (As a renter, I pay property taxes indirectly, I’m sure I wouldn’t see my rent go down.)

    Are there any other ways the city could profit from tourism? Money needs to come into LB somehow, whether through its residents (who most likely work elsewhere) or through tourism/commerce. As a resident, naturally, I’d rather it be the latter.

  7. Sam, I totally get what you are saying, but my main concern are the vacancies in general.. it’s sad and depressing seeing so many of them. Half the town is empty, and more FOR RENT signs are popping up. I don’t want to live in an area that is vacant.

    With the boardwalk, I ride my bike more. When I ride my bike, I take more trips to local businesses – sometimes I stop at LB Surf, or go for a cup of coffee or a bite to eat. The boardwalk gets me to go outside more and do stuff around town and spend more money.

  8. It’s called a negotiation.

    How do you build a barrier next to, or underneath the boardwalk without a joint engineering project.
    FEMA reimbursement should not be the first priority. Survival of the city should be first on the agenda

  9. The Army Corps has told the city that the boardwalk was not in the beach replenishment plan in Nov 2012. A wall would be considered a scope change that would put our Corps budget back out for new approvals (General Reevaluation Review), a ten year process.

  10. the town is empty because people still don’t have their homes or buildings repaired. my building just received insurance money last week… that’s 3 months for insurance to come in plus another 3 months or so of work.

  11. The top priority should be our safety, not revenue, people will still flock to LB in the summer without a boardwalk… dare I say even more than usual because it won’t cost them $12 per person to get onto the beach.

  12. Exactly my point since talk of a new boardwalk by the summer started. FEMA will foot the bill for just the boardwalk, but the Army Corp of Engineers and the City will pay for any type of barrier. Long story short, it will be cheaper overall (and for us taxpayers) to build them within the same plan and without having to retro-fit our protection around the boardwalk as an after thought. This is basic project management skills which our city seems to have none of.

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