A reader sent a few questions in regarding two yearly events that occur off Franklin Blvd:
Two events boggle my mind every year.
The first event is the yearly bonfire on Franklin Blvd. Its usually early spring, sunday night. It starts pretty early, they bbq on the street and have a band usually on the beach. Its young kids (late teens), but it usually goes until 11or sometimes later. Who are they? Why are they allowed to do a bonfire? What do I have to do to be allowed to have an event with a bonfire on the beach as well?
Second event is happening now. Tables are set up in the boardwalk and a whole crew sets up and serves a pretty fancy dinner to a bunch of people. Who are these people?Why are they allowed to shut down the Franklin Blvd. portion if the boardwalk for their event? More important, what do I have to do to be allowed to host a fabulous dinner party on the boardwalk?
It does appear that both events are put on by the same organization: Bach Jewish Center [LINK]. I have never seen the bonfire, but the idea of taking over a whole boardwalk block is a little puzzling to me. Can anybody have a bonfire or boardwalk party in Long Beach with proper permits? Ok, well here is the real troubling part. The reader adds:
“What really bothers me now, is that [presumably] the catering company [allegedly] really struggled with the wind and a lot if food items and stemware were knocked over. When I looked out on Saturday morning there were all sorts of grease and red wine stains all over our beautiful new boardwalk and the ramp. It’s really irresponsible to have held this event on the boardwalk without taking precautions to protect it.
I know for a fact those stains were definitely not there prior to this weekend. This just outright sucks, if true.