I asked a neighbor on Saturday who has mixed-feelings on the impending Surfpocalypse if he didn’t have to worry about parking during the competition ,would he still be as bearish on the coming circus. His answer, to summarize, was basically no. If he didn’t have to worry about parking, a lot of the worries about the Quiksilver Pro would fade (but not all).
So that brings me to what may boil more than a few resident’s blood. In July, City of Long Beach posted an FAQ that attempted to cover most of the questions raised in the lead-up to the Quiksilver Pro. In there they said:
“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.”
and what to do with a car if you’re a tourist?
“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.”
Alright – so a plan. Residents will get passes – tourists park at the beach clubs. I contacted the City many times and never got a response when I asked how this would all work: were passes going to cost money, how do you prove residency, how do we stop non-residents from just parking anyway? Yea, never got anyone to actually answer any of this.
After letting it go for a little bit while they sorted things out, I came back to the FAQ as it reads now. Looks like someone has been busy updating. Both sections above are gone and replaced by this:
The ideal spot to park will be at Jones Beach West End Beach #2 where direct shuttle bus service will get you in and out of the Surf Zone and the Festival each day. Limited parking will be available at the municipal parking area at the LIRR Station on Park Avenue.
Parking information will be posted on this website when it becomes available.
So Nickerson is out and people will be bused all the way from Jones Beach. And those resident permits that were going to be so useful – yea, not so much.
A reader was able to get through and get an “official” word. Basically, the call went like this:
Reader: “I’m a resident and want to know when I can get my parking permit during the competition?”
City of Long Beach: “Yea… well we haven’t worked out the details on that yet. We’ll mail everyone in town when we have something together.”
Reader: “The competition is in two weeks, when will the details be together?”
City of Long Beach: “Well we don’t know, we’re not really sure, we might not do that anymore anyway.”
I think parking is frankly the crux of residents’ complaints. Yes, there are other issues, but the day-to-day irritation that is going to bother people is parking. The City has seemingly punted, buried their head in the sand, and hopes this issue will magically just go away. Then, to go a step further and with an Orwellian-sweep and erase sections of the “Questions and Answers” without acknowledging they’ve updated it is a bit duplicitous.
So why not give the City of Long Beach a quick call and ask about where those parking passes went: (516) 431-1000