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Long Beach Preps for Hurricanes

The city and Allegria say they're ready for potential storms.


Meteorologists say as many at three major storms are still possible this hurricane season, according to New York's WABC.

The local news station recently sat down with Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman and Public Works Commissioner Jim LaCarrubba to talk about the city’s hurricane preparations. The newscast also features Allegra Hotel owner Al Rosenberg, who tells a reporter about precautions being taken for any Hurricane Irene-like storms that wreaked havoc on his establishment last summer.

The Allegra was the site of some of Long Beach’s most spectacular flooding after Hurricane Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm when it hit Long Beach on Aug. 27-28. But that didn't stop the storm’s winds of about 70 mph and heavy rain from downing many trees, flooding homes and streets and moving structures, including the lifeguard station that surging ocean waters lifted off its foundation and knocked into the boardwalk at National Boulevard beach.

In the wake of the storm thousands of homes were without power, and the Long Beach Fire Department responded to a number of storm-related fires, including one on West Park in which firefighters stood in three feet of water in the street to battle the blaze. Just days before the storm struck, city was preparing to host the Quiksilver Pro New York surf competition, and while the competition went on as scheduled the musical portion of the event was cancelled. 

Prior to the storm, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano ordered a mandatory evacuation of Long Beach, as well as other areas of the county.

The City of Long Beach offers the following information on hurricane preparedness on its website:

Hurricane Preparedness Summer 2012

Hurricane Information

Brendan August 14, 2012 at 04:32 PM
"The city and Allegria say their ready for potential storms." ....journalism FAIL. Sad. I don't know what goes on in the world but anyone who ends up writing for a living who makes that mistake should probably think about making a change in their life.
Leonard Bauman August 14, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Raise Long Beach Island by 200 feet and hurricanes will not flood us anymore. Stop spending our money on other foolish things like a new lobby to impress City Hall employees and a new lobby for rec. center.
Candygram for Mongo August 14, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Moe - I am a surfer and I agree that that was a serious error in turning down that offer
Marlo August 14, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Okay, not like that's realistic or anything...
John August 14, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I would wager to say we'll have a second crack at a similar deal in the not too distant future. The sane surfers and enviros need to start talking to their peers now to lay the groundwork.
Just a Resident August 14, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I think that if there is a hurricane that severely damages homes, the City of Long Beach should face a class action law suit. Make no mistake about it, the caved to out of town surfers and Mr. Hennessy deserves a lot of the blame.
MikeC. August 14, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Dead on Brendan; (they're) probably getting grammar and punctuation lessons from the drivel they read in the Patch
Candygram for Mongo August 14, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I remember reading a quote from one of the council - maybe Tangney - saying something to the effect of: "we are voting against this until we have had time to further review". I wonder how that review is going.
Wanttoknow August 14, 2012 at 09:14 PM
The AOL owned web based Patch seems to have selective reporting. The Allegria is ready for a storm? Quiksilver's events were cancelled with the storm as an excuse. Go FOIL some City Council meetings. Why not find out if the LBPD, LBFD the ambulances of which we have less a dozen are at the ready. The City Workers saved this barrier island. Your neighbors that stayed saved your homes. The Coalition looked for photo-ops and occupied the then tax owing hotel as "headquarters". Hurricanes are serious. We aren't idiots. Is this nation wide based online news a public traded corporation? I need an eye-roll emoticon.
Leonard Bauman August 15, 2012 at 02:39 AM
President Mitt Romney and Vice President Ryan will visit Long Beach next year.
Tideline August 15, 2012 at 11:56 AM
I agree. There was serious under reporting of the Hotel's debt load and the many contractors who had Mechanics liens on the Hotel who lost most of what they were owed. Why was there no article written about that, or the special relationship they have with the city that allows them to do unprecedented things on the beach and in the street, with parking. No fair and balanced reporting here on the Patch. The last fluff piece the Patch wrote about the Hotel stated the Hotel owed no more than $375,000 total of all debts, at that point in time, they owed a lot more than that in unpaid R.E. taxes alone. Didn't they also have their electricity turned off for non payment at around the beginning of the Summer as well ? Once again, no story on that either....
Beachguy August 15, 2012 at 01:08 PM
This is just some rambling commentary but here goes. I Am in Quebec after having driven through Boston and then up the coast through NH and parts of coastline Maine. in many neighborhoods in Boston,( South End, Charestown) parking is by permit only issued to residents and for certain time periods. Non residents have to go a block or two away to park. WhY can't LB do something like this???? The beach towns in NH and Me. Make LB look like a slum. of course they have no 6 story apartment buildings which really shouLd never have been allowed but it is what it is now. Nevertheless they are clean, user friendly and a world away from LB. In New Jersey shore towns they have courteous people walk the beach and check for tags and passes. they sell them on the spot for those without. LB is one of the most dysfunctional places on earth. It's time for a third party led by people with no entrenched interests and no interest in being re-elected. People who will stand up to the unions and other factions and get things right. Fagen has his issues but he's not afraid to speak out and go against the flow.
exhausted August 15, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Gov. Romney and Frat Prez. Ryan are a traveling Vaudeville act.
LB Swimmer August 15, 2012 at 03:22 PM
They'll have plenty of time with nothing to do.
dopey malloy August 15, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Why dont you stay up in Quebec? The scumbags that live there are right up your alley.........French garbage.
Beachguy August 15, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Dopey-- I would stay up here but it's too cold in the winter. Alley? what alley? I ain't got no Alley You must have mixed up with someone else. Why don't you run for the LB City Council.? You would fit right in. Or police commissioner.? Official greeter for the City? You could give out the key to the City. Cut ribbons at store openings. Hang out at the train station and say hello to everyone getting off the train. Introduce them to the bros hanging out there. Can't everyone see it now"Hi I'm Dopey , can't you tell" Keep in touch Dopey. If you sober up let's hang out.
Beachguy August 15, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Dopey--- now I have it! You think I'm the guy you were with in the alley behind Waldbaums doing....Well you know what you were doing Dopey don't you? Pretty dopey wasn't it Dopey? But that wasn't me Dopey. When are we going to hang out Dopey? But not in your alley behind Waldbaums.
Earthling August 16, 2012 at 01:40 PM
This time around, the lifeguard house will have to be removed from the streets were it will finally rest. Or was it properly secure this time? Kukulkan, a mayan deity who's sole purpose is to clean up everything that needs cleaning, uprooting what's bad and leaving what's good. Hope it cleans city hall and uproots the bad and ugly of this city.
Candygram for Mongo August 17, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Great article about the hurricane that hit Long Beach in the late 1800's http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9502E2DC1E3CEE3ABC4B52DFBF668382699FDE

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