The further deterioration of the boardwalk which has already caused injuries is still being ignored by the city. Now, the city has put up a huge fence, blocking many of the businesses from the rest of the boardwalk. Lead by Dianna Carline aka Lola Staar, they are fighting back.
Lola Staar has sent out e-mail press release: FREE THE BOARDWALK!
The folowing is the e-mail in it's entirety:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dianna Carlin, Lola Staar Souvenir Boutique 347-731-7593
Michael Farrell, Ruby's Bar and Grill 516-967-6866
FREE THE BOARDWALK!
NY Parks Department blockades Coney Island businesses!
The condition of the Coney Island Boardwalk has declined into state of tremendous disrepair. The perilous neglect of the Boardwalk has resulted in many injuries, millions of dollars in lawsuits and now it is causing the loss of business for many of the Coney Island boardwalk businesses. Yesterday, without warning, the Parks Department erected an ominous fence which is obstructing the entrances to an entire block of businesses on the boardwalk between 12th Street and Stilwell Ave. Ruby's Bar and Grill, the Lola Staar Souvenir Boutique, Gyro Corner and the Coney Island Souvenir shop are currently obstructed by this five ft tall, wire and wood fence.
These businesses were told by the Parks Department that this barricade would be obstructing the entrances of their businesses for the entire summer. They stated that the fence was necessary because this section of the boardwalk is a hazard to public safety. This will result in tens of thousands of dollars in lost revenue. These businesses are already struggling to survive the transitional period of redevelopment in Coney Island.
Businesses are rumored to be taking matters into their own hands. "If the Parks Department dose not fix the boardwalk we will get wire clippers, hammer, nails and plywood. We will remove the fence and fix the boardwalk ourselves!" one business owner said.