Allegria Tweets Back, Parking Meter Poll Update (Catching up to last week’s posts)

Allegria Tweets Back: First we have the Allegria Hotel responding to my roof top adventure post via twitter:

Allegria Hotel (@Allegria_Hotel)

7/20/12 2:35 PM @seabythecity Thanks for sharing, we are always looking for ways to improve our services! We hope to see you back on the Roof Top!

I thought that was kinda cool and good PR. I am somewhat amazed by the comments from those who don’t understand the power of selling drinks. In my post I wrote how the Allegria should have had a server working the rooftop. My reasons were the following:

  • Drinks bring in a ton of money for the hotel, employees and Long Beach (taxes). Alcohol is what keeps most places in business!
  • Being asked if you want something makes you feel like you are being taken care of (people like that stuff).
  • Being asked if you want something makes you feel like you’re being watched. (Instant hotel security).

It’s as simple as that!  I like this hotel. I stayed there. I’ve eaten there several times. I don’t live near it, so I can’t complain about the parking situation, but I do think Allegria Hotel is an asset to Long Beach, whether you like it or not.

Parking  Meter Poll:  (Read – Do You Want Parking Meters In Long Beach?)

As of now (July 25rd, 8:30am) there have been 144 responses and I am very surprised by these numbers:

I guess the polls are still open. I will send these results to Jack & the gang by the end of the week. If you haven’t voted yet, please do. The poll has an IP address filter, which only allows you to vote once per location. That is, unless you’re smart enough to change your IP or create a proxy. In that case, vote away.

14 Replies to “Allegria Tweets Back, Parking Meter Poll Update (Catching up to last week’s posts)”

  1. That’s a rediculous poll and has no statistical significance. Jack and gang are going to make a decision based on what? Knowing how disfunctional this city is they will probably implement.

  2. kayo
    JUL 20, 2012 @ 20:47:03
    Been there, done that:

    In the 1950′s LB Political Boss Phil Kohut took a $10,000 bribe from The Duncan Parking meter Company and the City of LB bought parking meters. All of the reasons then given are the same reasons being given now for installing them. Kohut wound up in Federal Prison for his part in this fiasco.

    Parking meters were installed throughout the Park Avenue business district, down the center of Broadway and on many of the side streets off Park Avenue where there were stores.

    The result was people voted with their feet and autos. The shopped in Island Park, Oceanside, Merrick, Roosevelt Field, you name it–they went anywhere there were no parking meters. That was the start of the great decline in Long Beach. Park Avenue became a ghost town. The Conversion of all of the hotels into homes for the nursing of the elderly, and released mental patients followed–the entire center of LB turned into a slum, from which it didn’t recover till the 1980′s

    The only ones that profited except the politicians was the guy who emptied the meters.

    Anyone that doubts what I say please talk to the old timers who lived here in those days–you can learn a lot from them.

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1955&dat=19641223&id=WIgtAAAAIBAJ&sjid=dpwFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5146,4784968

  3. Carved in the marble pediment above the main entrance to the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC is the phrase: “Equal Justice Under Law”.

    That is taken from the fourteenth amendment to the US Constitution:

    “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”.

    A very big hurricane hit LB in 1938. Beside the large numbers of flooded and demolished buildings, the entire boardwalk was destroyed and the beaches were devastated. The WPA, (Works Progress Administration, a federal agency created under the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt rebuilt the boardwalk and constructed rock jetties.

    The City of LB then tried to make the beaches “for residents only”.

    A Mr. Kalin, operator of a small seasonal frozen custard store on the boardwalk brought a lawsuit federal court saying that “resident’s only” was unconstitutional under the 14th amendment, because Federal funding paid for the boardwalk and beach rebuilding. Residents only would harm Mr. Kalin’s business

    Mr. Kalin prevailed. That’s why everybody, resident or nonresident, pays the same price to use the beach to this day. That is why I think that free metered parking for residents/ non residents pay is a pipe dream.

  4. but residents pay less to access the beach…at least when getting a seasonal or family pass. Such passes are only available for purchase by residents.

  5. While I defer to Kayo’s knowledge of LB history, I think there may have been some adjustments to the Federal law regarding equal access. It is my understanding that anything between the high tide line and the water is public property and open to anyone irrespective of who built the facilities. In the late 1960s there were a few lawsuits regarding beach access on the north shore and in the Hamptons where non residents were just not allowed unless as guests of a resident. Due to the configuration of the shore line in Huntington, Centerport and Northport most of which was residentially owned only the town beaches were accessible, but they were all fronted by town owned parking lots. Town residents paid whatever the fee was back then, $5.00 per carfor a sticker that was good for the Memorial Day to Labor Day season. Non residents paid a daily parking fee of $5.00. That system still prevails, although the prices are different now. I am certain of this because I worked more than one season at the entry to Asharoken Beach, checking and selling beach stickers, so there is precedent for charging non residents differently.

    I believe the same holds true at most LIRR stations. Residents buy a yearly sticker to park, non residents use metered spaces (if there are any to be found.)

  6. Chris & John: If federal tax money was used to pay for the facilities then it must be open to all US citizens as in the Kalin action. I think you assume that the municipalities always obey the law, or always know what is legal and what isn’t. Federal money is what makes the difference.

  7. The Senior Community Center on Magnolia was built with Federal funds and will not permit non residents to participate. Who do I complain to ?

  8. i was at allegria last thursday, in the middle of July, in summer, and the roof top was…..closed. Why wouldnt they have that open and makin money?

  9. Joe: I suggest that you contact The American Civil Liberties, Nassau County office. The phone number: 516-741-8520 They are located in Hempstead.

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