The first and most interesting tidbit to residents will be about parking:
There will be NO parking in the areas near the Surf Zone and Live Site unless you live in that area. Residents who live in those neighborhoods will receive identification cards. Information about neighborhood IDs is forthcoming.
So, LB Residents will now need to receive super duper special “identification cards” that will entitle us to our already finite parking. While issuing new ID cards always sounds a little spooky, the big question that I have will be how will residents be required to prove their residency. Will renters with out-of-town driver’s licences be out of luck or will a lease or utility bill suffice? The real kicker: Will there be a fee?
Next, a real parking plan is starting to take shape.
“The ideal spot to park will be at Nickerson Beach in Lido Beach where direct shuttle bus service will get you in and out of the Surf Zone and the Live Site each day. Limited parking will be available at the municipal parking area at the LIRR Station on Park Avenue.”
So basically the parking will be REALLY off-site and buses will move everyone around. At first glance, it sounds like a decent plan. Have people take the highway down here. And then stop them on Lido Blvd and put them into the large parking lots down there. But, that also suggests there will be massive restrictions on driving around town – especially on Broadway where many of the events will take place. Residents, will certainly have more questions, but this is a start.
Third – the estimates. While I’ve heard people claim 100,000 could come down (and I believe it if the weather, waves, and events all combine for a perfect storm), LB is officially claiming around 20,000 a day during the window. And how do they get this random estimate? Well, basically, they’ve compared this to something else that has occurred on Long Island. The similarities between the events end there.
“Since this is the first time the City is undertaking an event of this scale, we can only compare similar types of events that have been presented on Long Island. For example, the Great South Bay Festival in Patchogue hosts approximately 20,000 guests every day during their 3-day music and arts festival. “
To compare a ticketed event in the middle of the island with a free event that attracts the world’s best athletes of a particular sport is almost comical, so I won’t highlight how many different ways it’s absurd. (Maybe I will, but not right now) So, really, just guess how many people are going to come down, because basically no one has any idea.
There’s copious amounts of information about what they are dubbing the “Live Site” – on the superblock. One interesting tidbit confirms that alcohol will be served in a “designated area” with “proper ID”
Oh yea, and there’s actually some talk about the surfing that’s supposed to occur at this surfing event. In all the talk about events, parking, and crowds, it seems most of us have forgotten that surfing might actually even happen there too.
For all those concerned about the surf itself, the event parameters were laid out. There’s a lot of confusion out there about how a pro surf contest like this actually happens and how long it takes. September 1st – 15th is the event “window.” The surfing component of the event can be held any time during that window. It can also start and stop at any point. This will be 100% dependent on the waves.
The goal of a window is to recognize that the ocean doesn’t always cooperate and we have to wait for waves. If the event was held last year with the same window, almost the entire event would have likely been held during Hurricane Earl’s epic swell (around September 3rd), and the rest of the window would have just been used for one long party. One more note, those days do not need to be sequential. Events can run for a few hours on one day, take a day off, and then pick up the next day.
The FAQ confirms that, “There is a need for four full days (or eight half days) of competitive surf for the event to go through all stages to the finals.” The thing that stands out here is that this amount of time is required for “all stages to the finals.” It happens often on the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) tour that waves do not cooperate, and early heats and qualifier rounds are simply canceled if there is a concern the waves won’t be there. So, ASP is outlining their best case scenario, which would include four full days of surfing.
So there are the various gems in what has been the biggest info dump on the event yet. Anything stand out to you? For now, I’ll just be eagerly waiting for my Long Beach Resident Superpass and waiting for the Bird Man to arrive.