It's been 12 weeks since Superstorm Sandy changed our lives and our City, and important decisions are being made on how best to rebuild and protect ourselves from future storms.
The Board of Directors of the Long Beach Surfer's Association urges ALL Long Beach residents to make their voice heard, and write to the City Council Members and our City Manager. At each City Council meeting they (the Council Members themselves) have stressed the importance of input from the citizens. We totally agree, but we recognize that time is short and decisions are being made now.
Please read the letter below. We urge you to print a copy and mail to each member of the City Council at 1 West Chester St. Long Beach NY 11561, or even easier, simply copy and paste the letter into an email and send it to the following email addresses:
Councilman Michael Fagen [email protected]
Councilwoman Fran Adelson [email protected]
Councilman Len Torres [email protected]
Councilman James McLaughlin [email protected]
Council President Scott Mandel [email protected]
City Manager Jack Schnirman [email protected]
Dear City Manager Schnirman and Members of the Council,
I am writing to you today as a concerned resident of Long Beach. It is crucial that we tackle the rebuilding process with the long-term best interest of our city and the barrier island as a whole in mind. I am aware of and agree with the recommendations made to the city by Coastal Planning and Engineering. I want to make it clear that I believe the following should be included in the rebuilding process:
1. Incorporate a stationary storm protection barrier, or wall, into the new boardwalk.
2. Extend this barrier through the East End to Lido and through the West End to East Atlantic Beach (further if our neighbors feel it appropriate).
3. Raise all bulkheads along the bay front to a minimum of nine feet.
4. Install flex tide valves into the drainage system of the bay and develop a plan to properly maintain this system.
I would also like to note that while I support a project being conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers, I do not feel that a sand dune alone provides sufficient protection for the ocean side of the island. It certainly does not constitute a safer, smarter, and stronger Long Beach.
The lack of information regarding plans for rebuilding and protecting both the ocean and bay sides of the island has me concerned. I believe it is crucial for residents to have the opportunity to express concern, ask questions, and be privy to options the members of the council are considering.
I look forward to hearing back from you with information addressing my concerns. As a Long Beach resident I have put my trust in you to make decisions that are in my best interest. You are now aware of how I feel. I hope I will have the opportunity to further express my concerns and ask questions as we continue to move forward.
Of all the damage mitigation plans we knew of before the storm, none of them would have protected us. Now that the funds have been established we must work with our neighbors to make sure they are appropriated in our best interest. Now is the time for Long Beach leaders take the lead and create a forum in which all communities on the Long Beach barrier island work together. We will no doubt learn more and be more powerful by working with our neighbors as opposed to going it alone.
Please do not hesitate – write to the Council Members and the City Manager TODAY!