‘Screw The Boardwalk’ Needs Your Help, So Get On Board (no pun intended)

Back in October 2011, I made up a fake political party called the Transparency Party. My first order of business was to screw the boardwalk. Read (October 24th, 2011)- OPINION: The boardwalk is like an old car (and why I want to screw the boardwalk). With that in mind, I am happy to see a grassroots movement with the same intention start up independently by one of our readers (See: Screw The Boardwalk on Facebook).

Let’s face it, we all want to screw the boardwalk. The boardwalk screws us with broken boards, flat tires, high maintenance costs, raised nails and splinters. Why can’t we have a turn?

The good folks over at Screw the Boardwalk have done an impressive job building up support for the cause. 119 people in a week isn’t too shabby, but it’s not enough.If this is really going to happen though, they need our support. They made good on their promise and have reached out to the city asking that they make the event happen. For the city to agree to do this, they’re going to need to see an overwhelming amount of support.

Are you ready to step up for your community? Head on over to the facebook page and hit ‘like’. They’ll keep you posted about the progress being made and how you can get involved.  This is the definition of grassroots, people. Get on board (no pun intended), won’t you?

Read all related SBTC stories on Screwing The Boardwalk.

OPINION: The boardwalk is like an old car (and why I want to screw the boardwalk).

We already mentioned this LB Patch article last week regarding ‘fixing the boardwalk (read @ LB PATCH – Letter to Editor: Coalition Fixing Democrats’ Infrastructure Mess). The author of that article was rightfully expressing his opinion, so here I am expressing one of my own. There are tons of comments and I personally haven’t had the time to skim through them. I’m not sure if the analogy you’re about to read was already used (sorry in advance if it was). This is how I interprete that opinion article: (Please note: Before a Sally starts harassing me, the Sally in this story is a fictional character).

Sally has this really old car that constantly needs fixing. The older the car gets, the more money Sally puts in to fix it. Sally spent a lot more money fixing this aging car than the previous owner, so she is better than them.  

Does that make any sense? Am I missing something here? Read the article yourself and please correct me if I’m wrong. I mean, there comes a point when the car can’t be fixed anymore. Sally has to stop spending money on it and get a new one!

Back in June of 2009 the City of Long Beach approved a Capital Improvement plan and mentions rebuilding the boardwalk. (LB Herald June 2009 – City approves capital improvement plan). As I have constantly stated since 2008, this blog is not a news organization (hence, all of our opinions), so I could be missing some pieces to this puzzle. It appears to me that there hasn’t been any movement with replacing the boardwalk since that June 2009 article. Please let me know if I am missing any followups and I will correct this part of this post.

I never built a boardwalk, but I am guessing it takes a lot of coordinating between many people: The Army Corps of Engineers, Coastal engineers, probably the DEC, The City of Long Beach, maybe Nassau County or New York State and a whole lot of other people that I don’t even know about. Oh yeah, and it probably costs a lot of money with the possibility of a storm wall, new foundation and a new type of board (wood or synthetic). But enough with these quick fixes and let’s come up with a plan and make sure it gets built the right way.

If you elect me under the Transparency Party ticket, I wouldn’t do any more quick repairs. This is how I would fix it:

MESSAGE TO THE BOARDWALK: SCREW YOU!!! No more nails and 2X4s, I would use screws and a harder wood. Screws stay in better and won’t come out with all the vibration. No cars over 3000lb would be allowed on the boardwalk and the LBPD will be issued Gem cars for patrolling.

Below are images of the boardwalk over in Fire Island – harder wood and screws. Yep, somebody screwed the Fire Island boardwalk.






Editorial: “I’m running on the Transparency Party!”

Local elections are coming up and around here and I keep hearing the same stuff: the boardwalk needs to be replaced, taxes are too high, parking and traffic issues, overdevelopment, it’s the Allegria’s fault, blah blah blah. All of those are important issues, but one topic that keeps popping up everywhere is our city government’s transparency, or lack of it. I did a search on the LB Herald & The LB Patch for the word TRANSPARENCY in Long Beach and it came up with pages of articles! See for yourself:

Long Beach Herald – Over ten pages in the last year or so.

Long Beach Patch – 31 recent results!

Now granted, not everyone of those searches deals with the issue of transparency, but people are talking about it. I also saw that particular word on the many political fliers that were sent to my mailbox these past few weeks. It seems to me that ‘transparency’ is a big issue in Long Beach concerning our government! Heck, even the White House cares about it and its importance:

Government should be transparent.  Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. 

Whether or not the White House actually practices it is something left for another debate, but still, the idea of open government something that I can stand behind. I think a lot of our problems will go away if there was an open government. I’m no therapist, but I do know that communication is key to solving so many problems and relationships! In this case, the relationships between the private & public; not to mention within the public themselves!

Did you know many municipalities actually put their council meetings up on youtube? Do a google search and you’ll see what I’m talking about. The first video in this search is hilarious. And here is the late Steve Jobs, for example, at his city council meeting earlier this summer. Not everybody in Long Beach can make our city council meetings, especially the sick and elderly. It would be of great service to give them the opportunity and see what they are paying for (more about that in a minute).

Ahh transparency.. nothing is hidden! Which is why I half-jokingly threw the idea out to some friends how I want to run for City Council under the ‘Transparency Party’ ticket: Open Government for all! Every citizen of Long Beach would have the opportunity to be involved with all major decisions and have easy access to every single public record, public contract, public payroll and public etc. Why not? Let me remind you of something: These public officials think they own us, but they don’t. Look at Long Beach, for example. We, the people, own Long Beach. We pay these public figures their salaries and they have to listen to what we have to say. They are not royalty and these are not cushy jobs that last forever. We have the right to know who is working for us and what they are doing with our money. That is something that both Republicans and Democrats SHOULD agree on.

So yeah, as a joke, if you elect me on the Transparency Party ticket, I will serve you well with a complete and open government. You won’t work for me. I will work for you, the public.

(PS. I’m not really running for office. I have better things to do with my life. You know, like enjoy it!)