Residents to March into Council Meeting with ‘Price Tags on Their Lives’

Movement planned for Tuesday’s city council meeting in response to loss of Long Beach Medical Center.

(Photo: Joseph Kellard)
(Photo: Joseph Kellard)

Long Beach residents fighting for a hospital on the barrier island will march into City Hall Monday night.

Residents, NYCC members, and activists are planning to march into Monday evening’s City Council meeting “with price tags on their lives” in a move to demand a medical facility on the barrier island.

“The profitability of a medical facility is more important than my life in case of an emergency in Long Beach,” said resident Ben Britton in a statement. “So long as we don’t have a hospital in Long Beach I will walk with this price tag on my life.”

The event is set for Monday at 6:30 p.m.

A forum on the Long Beach Medical Center closing is also set for Monday at 7 p.m. at Lindell School. Read about it here.

Are you going to the City Council meeting? What do you think the outcome of the march will be? Tell us in the comments.

Brendan March 19, 2014 at 11:02 AM
That's right! We demand THE BEST! And the MOST convenient! And no we don't want to PAY for it! And we want to make sure that everyone, even if they are a homeless, broke, criminal derelict will be allowed to USE it! Infinitely! Because that's SANE! And POSSIBLE! If we SHOUT loud enough, it will transform the IMPOSSIBLE into the EASY! YEAHHHHHHHHHHH!
LB Swimmer March 19, 2014 at 11:55 AM
The price-tag idea is cute, but a waste of time. The island can't support a medical center. Their sense of entitlement is bordering on arrogance! It doesn't matter how many sign the petition, it's not going to happen. Instead, work with an organization like LIJ to find a scaled down solution that makes sense for the island, or move closer to a medical center if it's that important to you. one would think that the lessons learned from the super block fiasco would have sunk in by now. http://theelectricwebnetwork.blogspot.com/2014/03/long-beach-approves-high-rise-project.html
Beach to Bay Central Council of Civics March 19, 2014 at 01:22 PM
We are not opining on who should manage the Long Beach Medical Center assets. Surely, LIJ would be a good choice among others. New York State’s Health Commission studied our area and determined that despite any financial drag, having an ER Hospital open in Long Beach is necessary given our isolation and visitor traffic. Read the proof here: www.beachtobaycentralcouncil.com. Let’s ask our state politicians to follow its own recommendations.


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