From Long Beach Resident Joey Naham:
It was confirmed last night that our Boardwalk is getting a police Satellite station. I asked our city council about indoor showers so out of towners (Who are already spending a lot to spend time on our beaches) can shower and change comfortably so that they can frequent our local restaurants, shops, stores, which really need every bit of help they can get.
The response from the board and commissioner LaCaruba was, “Showers are too much of a liability, and they were last on the list.”As I’ve observed in previous years countless rent a cops walking up and down the beaches inspecting coolers, bags, etc. . and now with the addition of a police satellite station on our boardwalk this will give the impression of an overwhelming police presence.
I Feel that this is not the message we need to be sending to our visitors. Especially while we’re paying out $2 million a bathroom, and we won’t even talk about a shower stall for thousands of people who will benefit from it, and so will our businesses additionally. That’s my opinion.
It’s also my opinion that if they’re so eager to put a police satellite station on the boardwalk than the liability of having an indoor shower should be suppressed by the police presence. Our rec-swimming pool has a locker,shower,and changing room, I’m disappointed that Jones Beach provides this service to their guests, and they’re not even expected to stay and patronize local shops.
Our own boardwalk infrastructure is being redesigned and the council, and the commissioner of public works are not entertaining new ideas to help our hurting local economy. If their only answer is to these establishments “Invest in a food truck” I think they ought to take a minute, a breath, and reflect on this opportunity that they have.