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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Coney Boardwalk permitting could be privatized

Brooklyn Paper excerpts -

The city may be about to cede control of the Coney Island Boardwalk to a private group.

The parks department, which controls the neighborhood’s iconic Riegelmann Boardwalk, is drawing up plans that would let an outside group take over all event permitting — and possibly more — for the 91-year-old public space, according to sources. 

One Alliance member said the group is in talks with the city.

“The Alliance for Coney Island has been in negotiations with the parks department,” said Dick Zigun, Coney Island’s unofficial mayor and the director of the arts organization Coney Island USA.

Zigun’s Mermaid Day Parade is by far the Boardwalk’s biggest event, but he said Coney Island USA won’t enter a bid and will instead support the Alliance’s application.

The Alliance did not confirm that it was talking with the city, but its director said the group’s primary goal is making Coney Island fun for everyone.

“We are first and foremost dedicated to helping Coney Island, whether it’s with supplementary sanitation or public Boardwalk programming like the Free Friday Night Fireworks,” said Alliance executive director Johanna Zaki. “The Alliance for Coney Island looks forward to continuing our work in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation across multiple initiatives for the lasting growth and benefit of the area.”

The city ceding permitting rights alone to an outside group would be precedent-setting. 

http://brooklynpaper.com/stories/37/46/bn-city-privatizes-boardwalk-permits-2014-11-14-bk_37_46.html


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