Petition: Dog Park on the Beach Experiment!

at The BeachProject 11561 would like to make a section of our public beaches dog friendly during off season months.

We would like to make this a Win, Win for both the City and the dogs and their faithful owners. We as a group have been studying what has worked in other municipalities surrounding us, for example 8th Avenue Dog Beach in Asbury Park, NJ, the Village of Ocean Beach in Fire Island, NY, and Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach, CA.

Dog’s on the beach would require a seasonal permit, an additional fee for non-residents, and only dogs current on their tags would be allowed. This will ulitmately increase the registration of dog in the City of Long Beach, NY.

Based on 250 local dogs @ $25 and 50 non-resident dogs @ $75, this could give the city $10,000 additional income which could be used for local animal control and shelters.

Many of us, after an early romp on the beach, grab coffee or breakfast in the business district with our furry friends, thus bringing  in additional revenue.

As a group, we can work with the City to make this a great part of Long Beach. We ask for your support!

SIGN THE PETITION HERE: Long Beach, NY – Dog Park on the Beach Experiment!

Oceanfront Conceptual Cultural Park. Let’s discuss this idea.

Part of the Comprehensive Plan/LWRP is this Oceanfront Conceptual Cultural Park idea for the Foundation Block (between Edwards, Broadway & Riverside). What do you all think?

Looking at this image, I didn’t realize residential units were part of the idea. I love the open space and potential of having it used for events. I know many of you won’t complain about the multi-level parking garage.

I realize so many of you see this all as a pipe dream, but like the NY Lottery: hey, you never know. You can’t have walkable oceanfront property a stone throw away from NYC sitting vacant forever. parking

Free pizza and refreshments!!!! [Emergency Preparedness event on Sept 2nd]

From Long Beach:

“Attention Long Beach residents! All are invited to join us for a very special FREE emergency preparedness event on Tuesday, September 2 from 7pm-8:30pm at the Library. Free pizza and refreshments will be served.

September is National Preparedness Month, and the City of Long Beach, the LBPD, and the LBFD are joining with Trivirtus Solutions Group to host a series of events to “bring the power of preparedness to the people.”

For more information, please visit www.LBPrepared.com.

10 Snobbiest Places In New York. I am sooooo glad and not surprised LB is not on this list.

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 11.19.56 AMSome website called Roadsnacks did a post on the 10 snobbiest places in NY. What is this list all based on? Who knows. I’m just happy Long Beach isn’t one of them. [update: it does say how they came up with this list on the bottom of the article].

Looking at this list, I cannot understand why you’d want to live anywhere else, but Long Beach. I mean, Garden City has some good facilities, but it’s a town you drive 25 mph through and it’s snobby. Huntington has the best downtown on Long Island, but not to be a snob or anything, there is no REAL beach or boardwalk. RVC has some good stuff, but those people are snobby because of the Diocese. I can go on and on. And not to be snobby or anything, but none of these places listed have a REAL beach and boardwalk. So why even bother living anywhere else, but Long Beach. I’m not trying to be snob or anything. Just stating the facts.

Anyway, here is the list. Roadsnacks These Are The 10 Snobbiest Places In New York

  1. Garden City
  2. Huntington
  3. Rockville Centre
  4. Massapequa
  5. Melville
  6. White Plains
  7. Syosset
  8. New City
  9. Saratoga Springs
  10. Merrick

 

Approximately 4,000 people [unconfirmed number] watched JAWS on the Beach the other day. (Give or take a thousand)

Approximately 4,000 [unconfirmed number / Give or take a thousand]. That’s the number I heard, straight from the shark’s mouth. The Long Beach Movie Nights organizer told me that right after the candidates forum. While I’m not sure he thought it was info I would blog about, who cares! It’s an amazing feat and I congratulate Long Beach Movie Nights for putting together yet another amazing summer of entertainment for our city by the sea.

Movies on the beach, along with the kid’s concerts have been such an enriched asset for us. Hopefully a tradition that will continue for years to come.

We have the Italian Stallion coming weekend. I’ll do a proper post on that one soon (ROCKY will be playing Saturday, August 29th at 7:15pm. Lafayette Blvd).jaws-wide-1

 

Site News: I’ve been dealing with a restless attorney regarding two comments some of you wrote, so figured I’d Just post some of my rights as a blogger.

logo_full“No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider” (47 U.S.C. § 230).

“This legal and policy framework has allowed for YouTube and Vimeo users to upload their own videos, Amazon and Yelp to offer countless user reviews, craigslist to host classified ads, and Facebook and Twitter to offer social networking to hundreds of millions of Internet users. Given the sheer size of user-generated websites (for example, Facebook alone has more than 1 billion users, and YouTube users upload 100 hours of video every minute), it would be infeasible for online intermediaries to prevent objectionable content from cropping up on their site. Rather than face potential liability for their users’ actions, most would likely not host any user content at all or would need to protect themselves by being actively engaged in censoring what we say, what we see, and what we do online. In short, CDA 230 is perhaps the most influential law to protect the kind of innovation that has allowed the Internet to thrive since 1996. [LINK]

CDA 230 also offers its legal shield to bloggers who act as intermediaries by hosting comments on their blogs. Under the law, bloggers are not liable for comments left by readers, the work of guest bloggers, tips sent via email, or information received through RSS feeds. This legal protection can still hold even if a blogger is aware of the objectionable content or makes editorial judgments. [LINK] “

That all being said, don’t forget to read the Comment Policy, which is linked various times all over this blog, including right before you post your comment.

Candidates Forum is tonight! [7:30pm at the Library]. What are your election issues? Let’s make a list!

election-2015Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Long Beach, NY, the candidates forum is tonight. 7:30pm @ The Long Beach Public Library.

What are your election issues? I’ll start a list:

  • Transparency and disclosure on contracts. This should be number one. Haven’t we learned anything from the Dean Skelos situation?
  • Somebody is going to say hospital.
  • Somebody else is going to say LBPD.
  • I say trees. 
  • oh and beautification.
  • Which brings me to Garbage. We need stricter citations, despite what a recent Newsday articles says. Although, I will say it’s nice seeing the flower beds getting weeded and the curbs being cleaned.
  • The taxes trope, which is a staple at election time
  • Parking? You all have something to say about that one.
  • Traffic? I don’t see any, maybe that terribly timed light between Blackheath and Maple Blvd on Park Avenue.
  • How about improving our downtowns? More restaurants are closing. One has a ‘temp closed’ sign on their window already. Many others are for sale on Loopnet.
  • Along with the comment above, I believe we need a business association that can help attract new businesses and jobs, plus rally the existing businesses under a BID. 
  • Accessibility. Ramps, making sure sidewalks are clear, paths on beach, etc.
  • Road safety for all, no matter what mode of transportation you take. (I loooooooove complete streets)
  • Protection from future storms?
  • A new Master Plan that includes an updated zoning map.
  • (added) iStar & IDA  (how can I forget??)
  • (added) Overdevelopment (I like smart development, but that’s just me)
  • (added) I like what our city is doing with the Comprehensive Plan. I wonder if there is a commitment to follow through if there is a regime change, or will it all go away,

I’m sure something major and obvious is missing. What say you all? Please share your opinions in the comments.

West End Parking Idea: Put parking in middle of wide streets at curb divider. Thoughts?

westendparkingThis would be for wide streets. Move all parking to center median. It would take the same amount of room.  Excuse my bad photoshop, but this interesting idea came from a reader named Sam in the comments, who wrote:

‘What has to happen on the wide blocks in the west end – the parking has to move to the center of the street. Put a narrow divider in to separate north/south traffic, and shift the parking to be along that median. No parking/standing/stopping along the curbsides where the new mega-driveway aprons are. All parking in the middle, all spots now available to everyone, no “exclusive driveway” spots available to just the owners of the raised homes. No more issues with people taking parking spots that block people’s driveways. The travel lanes would be more narrow with this, but so what.

What do you folks think for the wide blocks? It would bring more parking, right?

Joseph Naham, Green Party Candidate for City Council

Ready for a more environmental aware and sustainable community?  Joseph Naham is a Green Party Candidate for Long Beach City Council.

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We need a member of City Council who knows how to promote a more sustainable and efficient future. Climate change and energy reform are international issues but what can we do, in our own community, with our own government to be a part of the revolution?

Change is a piecemeal process and we need to start now. Learn more here:  www.makeitagreen2015.com

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BLOG DISCLAIMER: I’ll be posting whatever candidate media release that’s sent to me. I want to do my best in maintaining seabythecity as an independent blog, so if your political party has something you wish for me to post, please send it in.

 

walking / biking / crossing the boardwalk is like playing Frogger

A reader was telling me this crazy story about a collision she witnessed on the boardwalk involving a kid on a scooter crashing into a cyclist. Luckily nobody got seriously hurt, but with it’s continuos flow of various modes of transportation,  I have no idea how to make the boardwalk safer. I yell at strayers; that’s how I handle it. This reader tells me, “I ride with my eyes all over the place like I am playing a game of frogger.” I like that and I’m totally using it!frogger(Original and amazing boardwalk photo was kindly provided by Christina Tisi-Kramer)

I have unrest with the trees

Just got off phone with Operation STOMP. They mean business. It appears that ‘tree gate’ is not only happening in Long Beach, but a plague that is county-wide. Perfectly good trees are being knocked down, only to be replaced the wrong way and uncared for. Check out their website which highlights so much wrongdoing, in what I consider to be the destruction of Nassau County, all in the name of money.

County Road Seaman’s Neck Road (Seaford, Wantagh) – Before & After, 176 Trees Destroyed (2014). Photo Credit: Operation STOMP
County Road Seaman’s Neck Road (Seaford, Wantagh) – Before & After, 176 Trees Destroyed (2014). Photo Credit: Operation STOMP

Our situation in Long Beach is different……..but kinda the same. We had Sandy and salt water to deal with. Tree replacement was necessary, but looking around it’s so evident what a hot mess it all became.

  • No trees should have been planted after May 15th.
  • Watering has not been enough.
  • ‘Volcano mulch’ effect has the trees rotting. What might look like a good tree now could soon be dead. [LINK]
  • Trees were not watered as they were being planted.
  • Will the support sticks holding them up be taken away after a year or will they be left to choke to trunks? I see this allllll over Nassau County and it drives me F***ING CRAZY.
  • There is probably more to add to this list, but all I can think about is how I’m so happy it rained last night despite the flooding (sorry folks who got flooded).

I kinda don’t give a shit that these dead trees are insured. It’s a complete waste of taxpayer money and a primary example of what’s wrong with government. How about we plant them the right way to begin with?

I’m worried that groups such as Operation STOMP won’t be taken seriously, but they should. From what I can tell, they are a very passionate group of individuals, many who live in LB, with the sole purpose of saving and helping trees in Nassau County. We should welcome them with open arms. More tress are coming this fall, but will they be planted the right way?

Seabythecity will continuously post updates as well as info as to how we can move forward as a community to work together to help save these trees! Stay tuned! After all, Long Beach is the beach, gardens, parks, dead trees and community. Ok, my rant is over.

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Nasty letters, slashed tires, death threats. Is parking really this insane in the West End?

The following is from a concerned resident who would like some action to be taken regarding parking in the West End:

“Hello, I have been living in the West End of Long Beach for 15 years and never before has the parking been so atrocious. After Sandy, they have been building single family houses and two family houses which each have one spot but anywhere from one to what I have seen, five to six cars in some houses. Now with each establishment selling day passes to the beach, the excess amount of cars on the street from all the new houses, and the number or people driving to the bars every weekend, parking is worse then it has ever been. Over the years, the parking has been getting gradually worse, but as of last year it has dramatically decreased with the residents appearing to get more agitated with the complete lack of parking or the apparent disregard Long Beach has with the parking situation. Why does Long Beach City council refuse to address this issue?

Is there a way to post something on the blog regarding this matter? My tires have been slashed, and i have received multiple death threats and nasty letters when forced to park in front of other houses or on neighboring blocks.

 

A tree dies in Long Beach. Operation STOMP to the rescue?

deadtreeLong Beach is the beach, gardens, parks and dead trees.  

Yes, we are going through a bit of a drought, but that doesn’t fully explain why our newly planted trees are dying. No trees should have been planted after June. In fact, our city should have waited until the fall. What about the plan to water them? Just walk around the city and it’s fully evident that it’s all a hot mess.

Operation STOMP, a community-based, grassroots (treeroots?) organization based on Long Island, dedicated to preserving and saving trees across the county spoke at our past City Council meeting. They expressed their disgust on how our city handled the tree re-planting. You can follow much of this conversation over at Project 11561 or Operation STOMP facebook pages, but here is the gist of it: 

Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP “This past Tuesday, we STOMPed down to Long Beach, to observe the first phase of the large scale tree planting effort which began earlier this Spring, to offset the devastating impact Sandy had on trees within the storm-ravaged City. We were extremely disappointed after conducting our random sample review of many blocks throughout the region. Twigs were in poor health, many leafless and dying, mulch volcanoes present, and we found there was no systematic watering plan (or maintenance schedule) assigned for a project of this scope and scale including over 1,500 trees. We spoke at the Council Meeting, and will post the video shortly. Nassau is a large County, and, as we travel throughout its neighborhoods, we realize how important it is to have an independent group such as STOMP assisting with matters such as these–leaving the responsibility of trees to the municipality (that changes via the nature of politics) or a contractor that may not always be the best fit (or held to performance standards), often does not produce the best results, the public and trees often losing. ‪#‎savethetrees‬‪#‎keepitwatered‬ ‪#‎keepitgreen‬ ‪#‎operationstomp‬

There is a lot more. Let’s go down Long Beach tree memory lane with Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP as our guide:

Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP “In February, the city unveiled its Master Tree Replanting Plan to restore the aesthetic of tree-lined streets. Close to 2,400 trees that were dead or substantially damaged were removed after the storm. The plan calls for 2,700 new trees to be planted, representing a greater variety of species than before — a total of 52 species, officials said, including American elm and red maple.

Barbato Landscaping began the work last week, and excavation has already been completed on most of Beech and Penn streets, as crews prepare the ground for the new trees, officials said. But some residents questioned whether the company was up to the task. Last year, the council passed a resolution stating that Barbato was in breach of a $333,000 contract after the company failed to complete the reconstruction of the Georgia Avenue Playground by May 30.” #thisisnassau

Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP This tree pit included a volcano mulch design, against industry standards as the packing of mulch near the base of the tree can cause rotting. It is also leafless and bare. This twig was recently planted. 

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Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP There were many street trees in this state; leafless, bare, leaning, no watering, mulch pits left untouched.

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So what happens now? Well, we are still getting more trees this fall. Follow Operation STOMP for updates on this matter. I will try to keep up and post here as well. In the meantime, Operation STOMP has offered some tips on how to keep our current trees healthy:
“in terms of the watering discussion, just some basic watering facts taken from our friends at Casey Trees, especially for new trees: “A newly-planted tree needs 25 gallons of water per week to survive. During late summer we often have weeks without rain, which would deprive the tree of the water it needs to secure its root structure. A tree with a weakened root system is at higher risk of fatality during periods of severe weather. If by some miracle these trees did survive they may not ever recover from the trauma suffered in their youth, leading to stunted growth and a less robust canopy.” [Posted at Project 11561]
OPERATION STOMP: A community-based, grassroots organization based in Long Island, New York, dedicated to preserving the hundreds of trees presently unprotected and at-risk lining countless County Roads throughout Nassau County. You can find out more about them at www.operationstomp.com

“211 guns, including 130 handguns, 32 rifles, 21 shotguns, 15 sawed-off shotguns, & 13 assault rifles”

Thank you Long Beach Police Department for taking these weapons off our streets!!

“Last weekend, as part of the Long Beach Police Department’s continued effort to crack down on gun violence and take guns off the streets, we joined with Nassau County DA Madeline Singas in hosting a gun buyback program. We are pleased to announce that we took in 211 guns, including 130 handguns, 32 rifles, 21 shotguns, 15 sawed-off shotguns, & 13 assault rifles, making the event a tremendous success.” [LINK]

Long Beach is more than just a beach and gardens. Let’s talk about parks & playgrounds!

#1 fan of the blog Richard Boodman recently told me, “Long Beach is more than the beach; talk about the gardens.” While I do agree with that statement, it’s incomplete. I’d like to add all the parks and playgrounds to that equation. If you’re a parent, you’ll agree.  We are so lucky to have so many diverse and fun parks, each one with a different vibe. I say:

Long Beach is the beach, gardens and parks. 

Well anyway, our city just released a parks brochure highlighting them all. You can find a clean copy here [link].

Looks like Leroy Conyers Playground is getting a Shuffle board court and BBQ pits.  Much needed Pacific Playground changes are coming, plus the skate park which will surely be a destination for gnarly skater dudes & dudettes who will most likely be wearing Vision Street Wear and playing Skate or Die on their Commodore 64 when they’re not skating the pipes, tubes, pools and rails. Just please stay off the skate park until it officially opens.

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