The City Council members are coming through on their promise to listen to us. Yep, you heard that right: THEY WANT TO LISTEN TO US.
Long Beach listens is the name of the new community outreach program. Meetings will be monthly for each neighborhood of Long Beach. So does that mean every community? How will they split them up? Because right now I am counting seven different areas:
- The West End
- The Walks
- The East End
- The Canals
- North Park
- The President Streets
Am I missing any? Anyways, I’m excited about this. This means I know longer have to dream about an East End Neighbors Civic Association.
Wow, I got a ton of emails… more than usual. Sorry if I haven’t gotten back to anybody; I’ve been away for the last few weeks. Here are some updates:
- A reader named Craig send me this real estate listing regarding the new stores at 118-134 East Park Avenue. It will be interesting to see what new stores come to town and which old ones will move back into their old spots.
- Regarding the deal between Chase Manhattan Bank moving into Blockbuster video, I haven’t heard that that deal was dead, but I could be wrong. If I hear anything, I’ll post it.
- The vacant Lazy Days book store has a sign outside that says that an Optical Store is coming soon.
- Tonight is at 7pm is the West End Neighbors meeting @ the West End Community Center on Maryland Avenue.
- Speaking of civic associations, it looks like the East End Neighbors startup is dead. In his article titled Goodbye Long Beach, Matt points out his reasons for disbanding the association and why he is leaving Long Beach. Sorry to hear it. Matt raised some good points, but unfortunately for him, his parking issue with the Allegria really only effects the people that live right near the hotel. The more Matt posted on his blog, the more it seemed like this parking war was the only reason why he wanted to form the East End Neighbors in the first place. That isn’t a knock against Matt. We emailed a lot and he seemed like a really nice guy, but we live in Long Beach. Parking is only going to get worse. Regarding his issues with the roads, It’s easier said than done. When the city repairs the roads, they are also upgrading the sewage & drains. Simply repaving would not only be a quick fix, but cost us the tax payer, more in the future. Besides, I heard that the crappy roads are great for controlling speed – something we have a problem in Long Beach with our drag race-style layout. I definitely agree with Matt regarding the commercialization of the Boardwalk. I definitely don’t want our boardwalk to be overrun with billboards and I don’t want it turned into a stripmall. It’s really nice to escape all that every once in a while and we should do our best to preserve it. Anyways, I wish Matt luck with whatever he does. I really appreciate his effort for at least trying.
Seabythecity.com was mentioned in a Long Island Herald article regarding Matt Pinelli and his East End Neighbors Association start-up. In one and a half years of blogging, I got three media mentions! So far my stats are: 2 in the Herald & 1 in Time Out NY. Not bad for a non-journalist / silly blogger.
Check out Matt’s website and join his cause! We in the East End need voice too!
In the meantime, if anybody wants to contribute to this site in any way, please contact me. I promise not to put you on any mailing lists, and I will return all emails.
Read: Long Beach Herald – Strength in numbers. Resident forms East End civic association.
Check out the East End Neighbors Civic Association website and their new online store! There you can buy t-shirts, mugs, magnets and even flip minos – all with the snazzy new logo! Pretty cool, huh? Money raised by the site will help offset the costs of running the association.
The west end of Long Beach aren’t the only ones with a voice. A new blog is in town: The East End Neighbors Association.
This is great for me since I live in the East End. Represent! It’s also great that the Long Beach blog community is growing. The more voices this city has the better. Just like in the movie Pump up the Volume , Talk hard! (whatever that means…)
Just a quick note to the East End Civic Association: The West End has t-shirts. I want an East End T-shirt!!!