Is Long Beach turning (back) into more of a Summer Living Community? And will this effect our quality of life?

summerrentalsA friend of mine keeps saying how she thinks Long Beach is transforming into more of a summer-only community, as many year-round residents that she knows are moving out.

Call it hearsay, but I personally know somebody who is buying a recently raised West End bungalow with the sole intention of just living in LB during the summer months (and could care less what happens here in the winter).

Population always swelled in Long Beach during the summer but when driving around, I feel like I see more dark/empty homes in the winter than I ever did. Not all these houses look Sandy-damaged.

Park Avenue looks desolate; it appears as if businesses are struggling or leaving; the Blue Bungalow being the latest to say they’re closing up shop. I’m worried that a decrease in year-round residents will also mean a decrease in business quality ( I really liked Blue Bungalow!) Is this something to panic about?  Most movement on Park Avenue appears to be sad ending Day Spas [link].

Is Long Beach going Marvel before our eyes (open in the summer, closed in the winter)? And is our quality of life going to suffer if it’s true? –

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Am I panicking for no reason? Discuss.

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State of the Blog Address

15famousbulliesRunning seabythecity really hasn’t been that much fun lately. How can I be motivated to continue this little hobby of mine when I’m being accused of censorship (give me proof that unreasonably censored a comment). Or when I see neighbors bullying each other in the comments. Or when I read how this blog is construed as a breeding ground for negativity. Or when private individuals and/or local businesses are mentioned in an unfair and disparaging way. I sometimes wonder why the heck I even bother doing this….

Little-House-Praire_lA former-prominent city worker once told me how he loved seabythecity because it not only was a great place to get feedback on local issues, but also found the criticisms to be very constructive. That feedback meant a lot to me and was prime motivation to keep seabythecity as place of progress, not regress. (e.g. Trucks on the boardwalk: Don’t just say that sucks. Say why I think it sucks and offer alternatives.)

It’s really hard creating topics that I think are interesting for discussion. I am very lucky to say how the majority of you who comment do so with endearing and captivating viewpoints & contributions. I seriously love my readers and always appreciate when you contact me with new thread ideas and bits of news or rumors. It’s just those few who are the party poopers.

01-billy-zabka_628While I am not responsible with what you write, I still have to moderate when I am notified of an issue. Those who’ve been following the blog for a long time know how I let the conversations flow. I also welcomed many viewpoints on various topics. Moderating is normally not my thing, but we have gotten to the point where I am forced to it (when I am notified of an issue).

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 5.05.52 PMIn an effort to deal with the bullying, I tried disqus, a widely-used commenting system on many blogs and websites. Self-moderating and extra features seemed like a great way to bring order to this blog. Well, that didn’t work. Stupid me; the system was implemented days before I left on a long vacation where I had no internet access whatsoever. I came back to Long Beach greeted with an inbox filled with emails complaining about the disqus system. Yes, you people have spoken. We are back to our old commenting ways. I apologize to those who created disqus accounts. Yes, It was a buggy failure, but at least I tried.

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I actually grew a pretty thick skin running seabythecity over the years, so I’m going to just deal with the bullying on a case-by-case basis. If somebody has an issue, please email me. I do not get to read every single comment that is posted here. I’m also bored with this blog and need motivation or inspiration to continue it. Expect to see a plethora of redesigns, wacky threads (if you don’t like it, don’t read it) and maybe even advertisements. If topics don’t motivate me, perhaps the money will. Oh, and on commenting: Please just try to be nice to your neighbors. That’s all I ask for. I can be testy myself sometimes, so I’m going to give it a valiant effort as well.

What do folks think of the Public Safety report that was presented at the last City Council Meeting?

Due to the uncertainty of the Long Beach Medical Center, the City hired a consulting firm to evaluate our safety/emergency needs. All this info was presented at the January 13th City Council Meeting and also posted on the official city website.  What do you folks think of all this? 

From Long Beach: “Did you miss the ICMA Center for Public Safety Management presentation on Long Beach Emergency Medical Services Tuesday night? Don’t worry, here are some key excerpts from the presentation.You can find a link to the full report, as well as Tuesday’s presentation here: http://goo.gl/FEhb2t

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Blog Update: Commenting system needs to be revamp.

UPDATE x4: Full integration should take up to 24 hours, so the site might appear to be buggy for the next day or so. Yes, I will also fix the side RECENT COMMENTS bar. 

UPDATE x3: A bad example of how it all works (note: Old comments are still processing & ‘Recent Comments’ on side bar will be fixed.)

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UPDATE x2: Old comments are not deleted. They will reappear once the system is done updating (I hope..). 

UPDATE: So many of you hate Livefyre, so I am going to try disqus. Please be patient as the new system takes a while to sort out all the comments. If disqus is terrible, I am willing to try other comment systems as well. Have an idea? Please let me know.

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I am not liking the way the threads are being hijacked with abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic and threatening comments. This is not the reason why I started the blog in the first place.

I need to take one of two paths:

  1. new comment system that you will all hate
  2. discontinue the blog

For now I will go with option #1, but please don’t complain how you don’t like new system.You did this to yourselves. I do not want seabythecity to be viewed as a wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Thank you.

“Attention Minnesota’s Patrons: WE ARE NOT SELLING!” [Putting this rumor to rest]

994976_401715829960483_1606870668_nI’m passing this info along because I’ve seen several of you comment on how Minnesota’s (959 W Beech St) was to become a Duane Reade. Although I heard a while back that it wasn’t true, I am happy to see a confirmation from Minnesota’s themselves.

Taken from the Minnesota’s Facebook page:

Attention Minnesota’s Patrons: WE ARE NOT SELLING!

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” – Winston Churchill

In the absence of facts and actual information people have a tendency to create their own. This is how rumors get started.

Lets be honest, we all love rumors. However, the problem with rumors is that we never know what’s true. Either way we love to talk about them. They usually start small and spread like wildfire. A current rumor that has spread across Long Island is that Minnesota’s is being sold and closing. In recent days this particular rumor has reached new heights, so we felt the need to address it. Here is a fact you can spread: Minnesota’s is not for sale. We are not going anywhere. Not a chance. If anything, we are humbled by the response of concern we have seen from the community as rumors of Minnesota’s closing have spread. Continue reading “Attention Minnesota’s Patrons: WE ARE NOT SELLING!” [Putting this rumor to rest]

Recent shootings are making residents nervous. [REPORT] More Alleged Gun Shots near West Market Street on Thursday? [Not breaking news, but a topic to discuss as concerned residents]

[Disclaimer: This is a blog, not a newspaper. This is not ‘breaking news,’ but a topic for us to discuss as concerned residents. If anybody has anything to add, please do so. Don’t spread any false rumors, just facts]

I am hearing reports from various people about an alleged shooting near West Market Street on Thursday morning. This apparently happened right near the Police Station.  One person tells me how they are feeling less and less safe in Long Beach, referring to the recent gun shootings from just nine days ago in North Park (see – Long Beach Herald: Two men shot near Channel Park Homes).  “This needs to stop. It doesn’t make any sense to me. Only a few blocks from my home,” says another resident. There was also other shootings in Long Beach last September and in June.

Another topic of discussion: What the hell is going on?

 

World Trade Center steel memorial is coming along

Some might remember an article back in May 2014 that outlined the history of the World Trade Center steel which our city acquired in 2002 (see – AN EFFORT TO GET WORLD TRADE CENTER STEEL DISPLAYED IN LONG BEACH.)  I’m pleased to say that it’s finally being displayed in Long Beach on Park Avenue across from the Long Beach VFW Post 1384.

I personally would like to send a big thank you to Keith Grant and members of the LBLong Beach VFW Post 1384 for working so hard on getting this steel displayed.

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Casino in Westbury (yeah not near Long Beach, but I feel for those who are dealing with this)

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I don’t know about you, but I’m really down on this casino proposal for the former-Fortunoff location in Westbury. I know this isn’t much of a Long Beach issue, but it’s still Nassau County.

Lining a few pockets with money and creating a few jobs is not the reason why Long Island should go the casino route. Besides crime, traffic, congestion and proximity to various schools and homes, casinos are proven to make the areas around them even worse.

The impact of casinos on local property values is “unambiguously” negative, according to the National Association of Realtors. Casinos do not revive local economies. They act as parasites upon them. Communities located within 10 miles of a casino exhibit double the rate of problem gambling. Unsurprisingly, such communities also suffer higher rates of home foreclosure and other forms of economic distress and domestic violence. [link]

“(Gambling) involves simply sterile transfers of money or goods between individuals, creating no new money or goods. Although it creates no output, gambling does nevertheless absorb time and resources. When pursued beyond the limits of recreation, where the main purpose after all is to kill time, gambling subtracts from the national income.”  Nobel Laureate Paul Samuelson

“CASINOS ARE BAD FOR LOCAL BUSINESS: Even Donald Trump, himself a casino owner, has said that local businesses suffer in casino towns because they lose customer dollars to the casino. With an insight born from first-hand experience, Mr. Trump has stated that people will spend a tremendous amount of money in casinos, money that they would normally spend to buy a refrigerator or a car. [LINK]

I could go on and on by posting a billion links why casinos are bad. But why should us in Long Beach even care? Well, for one thing, Casinos were mentioned for Long Beach several times throughout the years. Can you imagine if we were going through this right now? If a Casino was even remotely a possibility here, my home would immediately be on the market for sale.  How many of you would follow?

The proposed site in Westbury is close to Carle Place & Westbury public schools, St. Brigid’s School, several colleges and a ton of residential homes, condos and apartments.  I feel bad for all those people who live around there. I am sure many are already thinking of moving if this deal does goes through. Do we really want that area to look like the outskirts of Atlantic City?

Nearby at the newly built and gated Meadowbrook Pointe (ironically at the former-Roosevelt Raceway track), many residents are voicing a strong opposition against the casino. These folks are living in a high class gated community where I’m sure these apartments cost them a pretty penny. Their investment will be in jeopardy with with a casino down the block, so they created an anti-casino website which contains a plethora of info and numbers to call. Check it out if you want to be involved too:

stopthecasinoatfortunoff.org

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Facebook group Stop the Casino at Fortunoff is another place where you can join the fight.

Newday just published an article which contains quotes from our local politicians. Town of Hempstead supervisor Kate Murray voices her opposition, but then says:

 “Hempstead Town does not have an official role or a ‘seat at the table’ with the gaming commission on this matter.” [LINK]

And here is similar quote from the County Executive Ed Mangano team:

Katie Grilli-Robles, a spokeswoman for Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, said the administration “has no jurisdiction in either the selection of the site or appointments to the OTB Board [LINK]

1546271_834280529951058_5253338656817183705_nThese quotes are design to confuse us.They both have all the jurisdiction in the world to prevent this from happening. New York State cannot just come in and plant a casino on Town of Hempstead zoned property in Nassau County that is privately owned.

Ugh.. I could go on and on about this.. but I know several of you are going to call me an a**hole for not wanting to create jobs or bring money to the economy. Please just do some research on this matter. Google the effects casinos have on local economies before you post your line of bullshit.

Anyway, Nassau and Town of Hempstead did a wonderful job chasing a national hockey team out of Long Island (multi-million dollar industry). Now they are giving us a casino? No wonder why so many people I know are either leaving or plan to leave this declining area. Well, I’m just glad we have the internet where we voice our opinions… I hope our elected officials are getting the message. Here are a bunch of contact numbers if you agree: stopthecasinoatfortunoff.org

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