Letters to the Editor

Mind the past and keep RVs out of Long Beach

As Yogi Berra said, "It's déjà vu all over again."

Long Beach Alderman Gary Ponthieux and the Board of Aldermen want to change the current zoning -- which prohibits RV parks on the beach -- and allow 80 to 100 RVs to lease space between Markham Drive and Marcie Drive.

Here's why this is a bad idea:

-- As a result of Hurricane Katrina, a comprehensive study to revise and update zoning of all Long Beach neighborhoods was accomplished over a two-year period. After countless neighborhood meetings, a study by zoning experts and months of consideration by the Board of Aldermen, the new zoning ordinance to keep RV parks off the beach was unanimously passed in 2007.

-- Prior to Katrina, an RV park existed on the beach just east of the current proposal (on U.S. 90 near Lang Avenue). My home, my father's home, my family's homes and my neighbors' homes were victims of serial burglaries, and the thieves were never caught. We've been at Boggsdale since just after the Civil War, and this robbery problem existed only when the RV park was operational.

-- Besides homeowner safety and property security, an RV park would diminish property values.

Those of us who rebuilt and repaired after Katrina relied on the new zoning ordinance. We have more than our share of concerns with high insurance rates, high property taxes and the ever-present threat of another hurricane.

It is unjustified and unreasonable to demand a zoning change that threatens our peaceful, delightful neighborhoods.

To express your opinion, come to the Board of Aldermen meeting at 5 p.m. April 5 at Long Beach City Hall.

CHARLES A. BOGGS

Long Beach

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