8 Changes People Want To See in Long Beach

Readers comment on how they city could improve.

Long Beach at the center of town, between National and Edwards boulevards. (Credit: Joe Kellard)
Long Beach at the center of town, between National and Edwards boulevards. (Credit: Joe Kellard)

We asked Long Beach Patch Facebook readers on Thursday to comment on the following question: “It's a new year and a chance for improvements. What changes do you want to see in Long Beach?”

Here’s a wish list for 2014:
  • I'd like to c a gas station that sells gas a little cheaper! Seems that if I drive to Island park, Oceanside or Freeport I can save 10 to 20 cents per gallon! Not a lot but it does add up!!
  • Fix the streets!
  • I would like our elected officials to rally in support of their displaced citizens to help them get the funding they have been promised by FEMA and NFI and NY RISING. Until everyone is back in their homes LB will not thrive. Support funding for mitigation. Safe homes are elevated homes.
  • Definitely fix the potholes! They're filled and within a few weeks open again. Also the double parking on park Ave is ridiculous. The police always say they're going to cut it down but it hasn’t. Especially near Gino’s.
  • #1 is to get the hospital open. Until that happens, anything else is secondary.
  • Quiksilver Pro! The city needs revenue!
  • I would [like] a solution to parking problems residents face especially on Shore Rd. Sick of being a hostage after 5.
  • Rid the place of corruption!

What's on your 2014 wish list for Long Beach? Post a reply in the comment box below.

Penquin January 13, 2014 at 09:47 PM
Eddie! How nice to hear from you. Happy New Year. The more I learn, the angrier I get. What ever happened to oversight, checks and balances. I have written to a few people, and it's like Long Beach gov't is running it's own little aristocracy where they can do whatever the hell they want when they want. I'm in one of the co-ops, so costs are handed down to me as increases to maintenance - not itemized they way a homeowners see the increases on a property tax bill. In any event, Long Beach is in desperate need of a Federal audit before they plunge us into bankruptcy. It's time to fight back.
Eddie January 14, 2014 at 07:03 AM
Happy New Year, lambchop. This isn't new to long beach. Read "Scoundrels by the Sea." It's a few bucks on Amazon, and will give you a great understanding of why politics work this way in Long Beach. Happy New Year to you too. My imposter is posting much more than I am these days.
Penquin January 14, 2014 at 07:31 AM
It's such a shame that the Federal Gov't is auditing Gov. Christie for Sandy spending. Shouldn't the same audit rules apply to these baboons in Long Beach? I'll order that book today - sounds interesting. Our very own Boardwalk Empire; except I like Nucky a lot more than these guys.
amy January 14, 2014 at 08:00 AM
Landlords should make the stores reasonable new business would move in.The average store rent in town is $6000
Eddie January 14, 2014 at 08:49 AM
Amy, if you owned property you would know that $4800 of that rent is property taxes. That's what happens when you elect Democrats. Same for your apartment's rent. I looked at a building on Park Avenue -- the owner would give it to me for $60,000 or less. The taxes were $77,000. The most rent you could get was maybe $4,000/month. Taxes (or actually government spending) is our biggest problem here. With the varied group of folks living here, you would have some wonderfully vibrant and diverse business area if taxes were lower...
Leonard Bauman January 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM
@Eddie 01-14-2014 at 0849AM: What was the annual rent roll of the building before tax and for how many dwelling units? What about the water bill, heat/hot water bills, insurance/maintenance, etc. expenses. So, could you give the rent roll minus taxes minus utilities minus insurance minus maintenance = profit
Leonard Bauman January 14, 2014 at 10:11 AM
@Eddie; please go into your profile and choose a pic for your profile no one can copy so we know it is the real Eddie and not the scoundrel masquerading as you.
Penquin January 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Thanks for the great education on this blog guys!
christie nicolle January 14, 2014 at 12:53 PM
I agree with Larry, this puking and disrespectful attitude has to go; time to enact decency laws. Other than that, would love to see Obama impeached in 2014!
Jack January 14, 2014 at 05:09 PM
School taxes is the top problem. Our school district is robbing taxpayers to support the teachers and their union causes. The parking problem was caused in the 1960's by the greedy democrats who secretly voted to allow oversized apartment hi rises to be built on empty land and single family lots in the esat end.
Eddie January 14, 2014 at 07:43 PM
Some of those Democrats who took money for zoning variances along the beachfront did indeed go to jail for it.
Eddie January 14, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Some of us Eddies just loving making actuations. Other eddies just want us all to get along. Can you tell which is which?
Eddie January 14, 2014 at 08:32 PM
It's not landlord greed - it's the Democrats fault. WE need to go back to when taxes were $100 a year. We didn't have any schools. We barely had roads. Our children could work 20 hour days for 20 cents. Those were the good old days, we thought they'd never end, those were the days.
Eddie January 14, 2014 at 09:01 PM
That Eddie imposter strikes again. Now you see the real me.
Penquin January 14, 2014 at 09:12 PM
Authentic Eddie, What do you think will happen with the hospital? How long does the bankruptcy and subsequent buyout take? It seems to me these are time-consuming procedures. Thanks, Lori
Eddie January 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM
I think it will close down and reopen as a mental institution with a drug rehab of course.
Eddie January 14, 2014 at 10:27 PM
I have no idea. Just wish it would happen already. Hard to believe that the City Council and local politicians haven't put any pressure on the Democratic controlled Health Department that is holding this up.
Bob West January 14, 2014 at 11:11 PM
I've got a feeling that if anyone ever opened the books from LBMC, there might be "funny stuff" going all the way back to Al D'Amato and before. FEMA Dems gave $30 Million to LBMC to rebuild and open by March, then the State Dem Health Commissioner says they can't open because they have no fiscal plan. Then the State gives South Nassau $6.6 million to open a walk-in care center here- virtually useless, but now SNCH has staked a claim. Speaking of Senator Pothole, I wonder if both the Dems and Republicans have hospital stories they'd rather keep private. Besides the mysteries of Long Beach Hospital, South Nassau is not an angel here, either. I worked there years ago, and there was always a political fued between Oceanside (South Nassau) and Mercy (Rockville Centre.) Two amazing points about Long Beach Hospital. First, it was Long Beach's biggest employer. Can the City let the hospital stay closed, or will we see a small version of the old GM buyout? Second, the value of the hospital's Bayfront property is unimaginable. There has to be some really big players involved in the fate of our little local hospital. Much more here than just keping us locals alive until we can get to an ER.
Bob West January 14, 2014 at 11:26 PM
Just realized I went off topic just concentrating on the Hospital again. And sorry to go off-topic again but Eddie, sorry to see that your new "profile face" got swiped already. No matter, we know who you are.
Penquin January 15, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Hi Bob - So $30MM was given in total for the hospital for Sandy to open by March? Then they declare bankruptcy. Does that entitle them to keep the $$ without using it toward a hospital? And there is no audit going on. That's amazing. You bring up many good points - especially about the value of the Bay front land. No one cares about the residents here. Eddie - Fake Eddie has crossed the line - I am sure Kellard will shut him down if you ask him to.
Tom O January 15, 2014 at 01:34 PM
This is really the top 8? Taxes didn't make the cut? Must be a list made by people who don't want to sell the home...ever.
Penquin January 15, 2014 at 03:18 PM
Taxes made the cut here - a few people wrote about that. But tax reductions can't happen if additional costly programs keep being added and heavy borrowing continues. I think this city needs to be audited from top to bottom and the politicians put in jail. With all the problems in this town - their priority is to get free health benefits for life after 5 years, which will cost us millions down the road.
Jack January 15, 2014 at 07:30 PM
LBMC was virtually bankrupt prior to the storm. There are not enough people on the island with emergencies to keep LBMCin business. They made their profits from the methadone clinic and the psychological services to sex offenders. We don't want those people coming onto the island. The bayfront land development would revitalize that section since it was starting to turn crappy from all the jetsom coming from the hospital.
moe January 16, 2014 at 03:59 AM
@lambchop re fake Eddie- The problem is, they could shut down that fake Eddie, but he could just start another Eddie identity. Check the user's full name. As it stands, I think there's about 10 fake identities posting back and forth to themselves, arguing, to themselves, just to cause trouble. I think it's mostly just one person, maybe 2. The poor sentence structure and grammar, incorrect formation of "plurals" are similar in most of the fake posts. A typical theme is that only people who lived here a long time and have "connections" get any help from the City. I'd explain more, but the trolls love to hijack these topics. I'll write a full post about it all soon. Remember, I only use "moe" for comments like this.
Penquin January 16, 2014 at 09:13 AM
I know - but can't they use his I.P. address? They've shut him down before by not letting his posts hit. We'd get them via e-mail, but they wouldn't hit the blog
Penquin January 16, 2014 at 05:22 PM
Barbara J Lee January 21, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Ever been refused your chosen "moniker" when registering at a web address? There can be only one Eddie at this web address no matter the IP address from which the request originates. Just credit the difference in tone and attitude to whether Eddie is on his meds or just enjoying "pulling your leg".
Barbara J Lee January 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM
On topic: I'd like the City Ordinances, with regard to building codes, to stipulate that government and private office buildings and businesses meet ADA requirements to remove barriers, especially when using FEMA funds for repairs, e.g., the Lindell Deli in renovating after Sandy retained their front step thus maintaining a barrier to equal access. Or at the very least, codify that the City of LB may hold back Certificates of Occupancy until NY State/Federal ADA regs are complied with.
Barbara J Lee January 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Glad someone wrote this: "'I've dealt with LBMC a lot over the years. It's been a money pit of nepotism. That's why they never joined with a hospital system, they'd have to open up the books." The kind of statement Lily Tomlin would say "and that's the truth"!
Judy Massey January 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM
I'd like to see more enforcement/ticketing of people who don't stop at STOP signs.


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