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Open Letter from City Manager: Long Beach Suffered Major Damage

Charles Theofan cites city's extensive damage as reason to nix Quiksilver festival and push back competition.

To the Editor:

For anyone expressing disappointment regarding the cancellation of the Quiksilver Pro festival, as of this afternoon we still have . 

That means, no hot water and a refrigerator full of spoiled food, and for those homes with basements, most are flooded. We had 33 large trees come down and are having to make garbage pickups everyday to cart away what was thrown out from basements and garages.

Representatives from the Long Island Power Authority are telling us that we cannot reasonably expect the return of power until Sunday.  The Long Beach Branch of the Long Island Rail Road is not running, and will not be running for at least two to three days.

And that is by no means all of our problems, but hopefully enough to demonstrate that this City has suffered major damage and our residents are still suffering. 

Having thousands of people pouring into this city starting Friday, with music and assorted frivolity, is not possible or appropriate given the current conditions. Yet with all of that we are proceeding with the surfing competition which was and is the heart and soul of the entire event.

Responsible government sometime means having to make difficult decisions. I was also looking forward to the festival.  Hopefully this explanation will change your understanding of why things are what they are.

Charles T. Theofan
City Manager
City of Long Beach

N September 02, 2011 at 03:00 PM
E I couldn't agree more. And by the way 99% restored!
Gary September 03, 2011 at 12:59 AM
I can't believe how many people are making comments about our city manager getting elected. Makes you wonder how in tune they are with what really goes in in the community until it's something that bothers them, personally. More people should attend city council meetings just to see what happens whether or not it directly affects them.
Gary September 03, 2011 at 01:12 AM
Maryl, Pay no attention to boorish comments from others. The west end has come a long way and there are many beautiful homes there now. It is a unique community with a lot of charm and character.
The truth hurts September 03, 2011 at 01:17 AM
Good one Long Beach have another beer and pass it to the left hand side.. Wait what was I talking about??
CSC September 04, 2011 at 04:02 AM
You are Correct. The petition will get signed & taken to the City Counsel. It may not change minds but, it will show them that they need to hear the people that hire them. As for the Chamber of Commerce they are all Nothing but a bunch of Politicos WANNA BE. Take their pictures & they will smile & go away!

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