Concessions by the Sea

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I went to the Phase II boardwalk meeting last year when we talked about possible structures for the boardwalk. The idea for concessions were overwhelmingly pushed by the hundred or so residents that were there. As far as I can remember, not one business owner spoke against the idea. Long Beach now has these new pee/poop/shower stations with concession components with the city asking us about what kind of concessions we’d like to see. I can’t find the link, but it was originally on this page:

‘Good food, not junk’ was the census at last year’s Phase II meeting, so I am so curious about the results of the survey, as well as who’s applying to be a vendor.There is a local preference, but I’m seriously worried some corporate company is going to come in. buy out all the leases and we’ll be stuck with crappy hot dogs and frozen french fries.

How do you folks feel about the added concessions on the boardwalk? What would you like to see as vendors?

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Some Boardwalk Bathroom Info

Public Works Commissioner Jim LaCarrubba gave us updates on part 1 of the Phase II: Boardwalk Reconstruction. He said that the funding is from public assistant grant money which will be  reimbursed by FEMA. Feedback for the bathrooms & other amenities came from the public focus group sessions that were conducted by Sustainable LI last summer (read: BOARDWALK PHASE II MEETING – MY EXPERIENCE). Here are the results that the city presented to us last October: BOARDWALK PHASE II COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION RESULTS

Five bathrooms. Three types of bathroom buildings will be constructed on the boardwalk:

  1. Type 1 @ Lincoln blvd. Can be used with concession space, bathroom, outdoor shower on building. Will have benches & hanger to change clothes.
  2. Type 2 @ Riverside, Edwards, Grand . Will be slightly bigger than type 1. It will be set back 15 feet off boardwalk, with shade, tables, concession areas.
  3. Type 3 @National blvd – the center of town. It will have the usual bathrooms, etc. Will house a police booth on boardwalk plus there will be additional space which can be used for recreation, etc.

No showers indoors. Hopefully three will be done quickly. There will be temporary bathrooms in the meantime on the beach.  Constructing buildings on the beach isn’t an option anymore, especially with the Army Corp project coming possibly next fall. FEMA doesn’t want bathrooms on the beach.

Other things happening:

  • There will also be four more bump outs when funding comes in. Locations are at Lindell, Laurelton, Monroe and Franklin. These will provide additional shade and seating.
  • Bike rentals are still coming…. no more info on that for now.
  • Fitness stations are being donated from an outside company and will be up this spring.

Residents are going ape shit over the cost of new boardwalk bathrooms

1546271_834280529951058_5253338656817183705_n8 Million dollars for 5 bathrooms. That is 1.6 Million each and doesn’t even include tampon dispensers!  Funding is being provided through public assistance grant monies from FEMA, but geez, Eight freakin’ Million?

These five bathrooms are going to be constructed on the north side of the boardwalk at Grand, National, Edwards, Riverside & Lincoln Blvds. Based on the boardwalk Phase II meetings, they will mostly likely be built on top of new bump outs, leveled with the boardwalk. Bump outs were a main request at the Phase II meeting by us residents, due to the concern of not interfering with the current boardwalk flow. So yes, we kinda asked for this. I was there and it’s true, thus the high and unexpected price. Perhaps more ipe is driving up the cost? I guess we will find out more details this Tuesday.

If you go on facebook and check out some of the more popular groups such as Project 11561, you will see residents going ape shit over this cost. Please keep in mind, the bathroom image that they posted that looks like an AT-AT from Empire Strikes Back is of Rockaways and is NOT what we are getting.

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