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Where Will The Surfers Stay?

Housing needed for Quicksilver competition that may draw 400,000 to 600,000 people to Long Beach.

The surfing competition headed for Long Beach in September is expected to draw unprecedented crowds – and where to house them during the 12-day event will be a major challenge.

Quiksilver Pro, which is organizing the extravaganza, is finalizing contract negotiations with Prudential Douglas Elliman real estate to find housing for the hordes expected to flock to the city for the spectacle.

The event may draw anywhere from 400,000 to 600,000 people to the area, many of whom will need a place to stay.

With the Allegria hotel quickly filling up, Prudential has been getting the word out to owners of homes, condos or townhouses who may want to lease their residences.

“Some residents may want to stay with relatives for those two weeks,” said Prudential agent Alex Rubin. “I think people are really open to the idea. It all depends on how much money the market is willing to bear.”

Rubin has already contacted several homeowners who may be interested in leasing their homes, including an oceanfront condo that could draw top dollar.

“At this point, we’re collecting as many as we can get,” he said.

The competition, to be held in Long Beach from Sept. 4-15, will feature the world’s best surfers competing for $1 million in prize money. Long Beach is the first East Coast town to hold the event, and the sixth stop on the tour for the Association of Surfing Professionals.

“I think it’s an amazing thing for this town,” Rubin said. “It will bring a lot of great commerce and will be great for the shops and restaurants.”

He said the 40 Prudential staffers could each bring in a handful of homeowners willing to rent to outsiders.

Joe Ponte, also with Prudential, said he has been trying to solve parking issues during the major event. He said since the competition will be held after Labor Day, that should help open up parking spots.

Some parking possibilities include the double-tiered parking lot at the train station and the potential use of the Superblock and the Foundation Block.

He has also looked for parking possibilities in neighboring Island Park and Oceanside.

“Hopefully, there will be a lot of sharing car rides,” Ponte said. “We may be surprised and there may be an influx of bicycles.”

Ponte also pointed out that officials have to make preparations in the event of a storm, since the competition will take place during hurricane season. He said the city must coordinate efforts with the county and town to safeguard residents and the throngs who attend the event.

Tracy May 16, 2011 at 07:38 PM
I think this will be a great event for the area but if only for that week they absolutely MUST give preferential parking to the residents even if just temporary permit parking. I am a renter and pay a healthy amount each month to live in this wonderful city but I do not have parking spot and am not looking forward to fighting for a spot with tens of thousands of people just so I can go home at night. Summers are difficult enough but I can deal with it. I can't take the LIRR to work so it's not like I can just leave my car for the week and I'm cringing at the thought of moving it that week.
debbie May 17, 2011 at 07:46 PM
I think this is a great event for the community...But as a renter who also doesnt have a driveway, parking is going to be insane as well as even trying to go to the stores.....On a holiday weekend this town is over crowded and I cant find a spot...WOW. Also we put up with all the visitors and summer people but I look forward to beauiful September and all the quiet it brings to our town...and peaceful the beaches are...Now more crowds in September....What are these people thinking. Why here, why not Jones beach .......
LBLover May 17, 2011 at 08:24 PM
debbie... this is going to be a HUGE boost to the economy of LB. So suffer and complain, or head to National to watch the surfers and enjoy. Jones Beach does not have SURF and no LIRR. As for the renter Tracy.. rent somewhere else if you are going to complain. I heard Valley Stream has plenty of parking. When you rent or buy in a beach community you will find parking problems.
Tracy May 17, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Thanks for the unnecessarily snide response. I don't have major parking problems where I live typically but I can imagine I will come September. I love where I live and do deal with the issues that comes with it, such as visitors trashing my street with their beer bottles and cans. When I lived in Grand Cayman the local government went out of their way to ensure the residents were given priority no matter what. It would be nice if those who are here year round, always support local businesses and pay taxes get the same accommodation.
IRISH 4 May 17, 2011 at 08:31 PM
It is a BEACH community and it always has been .Most places welcome the summer residents because of all the revenue they bring in . A lot of people who live here started out as renters ,the west end had double the amount of bars it has now & parking has always been a sore point. I own a house for over 25 years and all of these problems existed then- if i felt like some of the people who complain & complain about all these problems I would be living some where else.
IRISH 4 May 17, 2011 at 08:44 PM
LB You are so right .It will be a big boost for Long Beach and I cant wait .it will be an inconvience for a week or two and then it will be gone it will be so much fun ..I do pay taxes and I feel long beach is looking out for us .this will help the smaller family owned businesses in the area..
The Truth May 18, 2011 at 12:24 AM
is glad Joe Ponte is trying to solve parking issues for this major event. Can someone from this Patch do a followup with Mr. Ponte and keep us informed on how his task is going? Perhaps Mr. Ponte would be willing to do a regular column for the Patch updating the community on how his efforts to solve the parking issues are going.
West Ender May 18, 2011 at 10:06 PM
Let the fans park at Jones Beach, run shuttle buses to & from LB. Just like they did for the US Open when it was at Bethpage. Pretty simple.
JODI May 18, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Someone just told me they are planning on renting out their house for the two week period.... and I was blown away by the idea and how much money they can get... I would possibly be interested...I can go away on a pretty amazing vacation during that time period.. wow.. more info needed
joanne May 19, 2011 at 04:23 PM
I find it appalling that these real estate agents would openly ask the residents to illegally rent there homes to groups these are the same real estates that knowlimg rent to groups who disturb the quality of life every weekend. I say let those agents rent THEIR homes. But better yet open the vacant lots of the super block and let them pitch s tent.
Steven Kelly May 19, 2011 at 08:24 PM
SK, I'd love to rent a couple of rooms to these exciting sports people. Lets enjoy and have some fun. How do I set this up? It will help Long Beach a lot.
IRISH 4 May 20, 2011 at 01:41 PM
Jodi I'm with you !!i
Wilbur June 10, 2011 at 04:02 AM
boost to the long beach economy? Like we need that!!! Plus, do I get a cut of that? Didn't think so, just the rich getting richer..
Citzen//Taxpayer June 10, 2011 at 12:26 PM
I'm in - I'll rent my house. That's the only way we are going to see a cut of the action!
Elliot Zuckerman June 21, 2011 at 11:45 AM
The contest will be a cool event to see, that is IF you can see it, these contests draw a huge crowd and seeing these pros surf is mind blowing, They do things I only wish I could, and do so with ease. Living here for my entire life and a home owner the contest will be a boost to local biz and for people who live here and have homes that are behind in payments this will be a good way to help them, the QS people say they want to help the people here and I hope they do, BUT get ready to have our town over run by people that feel they can do what they want, drive your car?, forget it, get your bikes out and walking shoes ready . On the neg side, I am the founder of Surfers Way, a 501c3 foundation that take kids with special needs SURFING, have been doing this for years and everyone that is involved from the surfing instructors to all the great people that help are from this area and when I request support from Quicksilver , I was turned down??? So they want to help , come on, after all its for kids with special needs. we do this FREE of charge and supply surfing and food for all. Come on QS rethink , you guys have plenty of money to throw around, show you care, help the KIDS. www.surfersway.org. anyone know of a child with special needs go to the web site and sign them up, we are locals and WE CARE.....
Abe Slamowitz July 28, 2011 at 01:08 AM
I am looking to rent my house for anyone who is interested. Please email me for photos. gr8lab1@optonline.net. It is a 3 bedroom house 1 mile from beach and will sleep 8 people. Large screen TV in each room, internet access, full kitchen large livingroom and dining room and great backyard with barbacue,
Joanne flynn July 31, 2011 at 01:35 AM
My home is available for rent for the tournament. Check out www.home away.com listing 905594. This should be an exciting event for Long Beach.

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