#1 Nov 1, 2009
I think this is a wonderful event for Long Beach, and Justin Rudd should be commended for bringing people together. I also believe, as do many of my neighbors that this event has outgrown the Livingston Park area and needs to be moved to a more suitable location. Yesterday was, by far, the biggest crowd we had ever seen for this event, and the parking situation in our neighborhood was horrific. Don't get me wrong... I like these types of events, and I choose to live in the shore, so I know that parking impacts are part of the deal. But unlike other large events like the Marathon and the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade, there is no effort made with this event to direct incoming cars to the beach parking lot or to a more suitable location for parking. Instead, the thousands of attendees, park in the neighborhoods which does have an impact on those of us that live here.
Again, Justin should be commended, as the event is terrific. It is just time to let the event continue to grow, which means finding a location that is able to handle the enormity of its success. El Dorado park would be a great location, or better yet, how about a dog parade down the bike path on the beach. Tons of parking down there, as there is rarely anyone on the beach in Long Beach...
#2 Nov 1, 2009
I went to the parade yesterday and had a great time! So many creative costumes I was laughing non-stop. Especially at the dog dressed up like Balloon Boy! Hilarious! Can't wait for next year!
#3 Nov 1, 2009
I hear ya, but if you live on Ocean you'd have a different opinion. With every event, people rarely use the parking lot and opt for the street parking first, choking out Ocean Blvd. and adjacent residents. Heck, on a sunny day a resident can rarely find parking on the street.
I think this is just one of those things where we all have to suck it up and deal with the one-day inconvenience. It's good p.r. for Belmont Shore and for Long Beach, and it adds to the colorful dimension for which we moved to this area in the first place.
ps im from the area, just blogging from an undisclosed location today.
#4 Nov 1, 2009
park in your driveway
#5 Nov 1, 2009
I just mean no one has driveways on ocean, it's hard for the downtown people with the car races, I mean now that is bad! and the 4th of july fireworks you can't even find a street to drive on, I have more than once had people park blocking me in my driveway from the races and fireworks, so bringing another event down that way is not so good. Yah maybe el dorado park would be good!!
#6 Nov 2, 2009
Many of us here in the Shore do not have driveways. We have alley's, and if we try and park in our alley, the BRAVE men and women of the Long Beach Police Department will come and ticket and tow our cars away. So, that leaves us to fight for parking on the street with the thousands of other people that are in the neighborhood for 8 hours to parade their dog around in a tinkerbelle outfit. Unlike the first poster... I could really care less if Mr. "I bring people together" ever holds another event in the shore. There is plenty to do and plenty of businesses to visit without the seasonal nuisance of people from out of the area bringing their little poop machines to my front yard. Furthermore, these events are nothing more than a pain for those of us that own businesses on 2nd Street. Contrary to popular belief, the attendees rarely spend money on 2nd street, instead they opt to pay top dollar for gourmet dog treats, and fuzzy collars at the temporary business set up in the park, that will most likely not offer the City one penny of tax money that they collect...
Mr. "I bring people together" should move his silly events to the Convention Center. At least the City will see some benefit...
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