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The heat around a proposed barbecue ban on Manhattan Beach continued to intensify this week, this time at the Community Board 15 meeting. But the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation said they have no plans to halt one of America’s favorite pastimes.

Parks Department Brooklyn Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey listened intently to arguments for and against the ban at the Wednesday night meeting, but appeared unmoved by the opponents’ concerns. And, according to a statement from his office, no ban is likely in the near future.

“Commissioner Jeffrey has been in touch with the Community Board regarding their concerns,” a Parks Department spokesperson told Sheepshead Bites. “At this time there are no plans to eliminate barbecuing at Manhattan Beach.”

Despite the apparent defeat, MBNA leaders say they’ll continue to push for a ban. Keep reading to find out how.

In an unusually frank 45-minute speech in front of neighbors, Manhattan Beach Community Group President Ira Zalcman dished on the group’s three-year feud with the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association, including a “sabotaged” attempt to reunite the two civics.

The speech came during the group’s February 9 meeting and two days after the MBNA revealed details of their January 28 get-together with the Department of Transportation – an event Zalcman said he was not invited to, despite claims by the other group. The accomplishments of the meeting are better described as setbacks for the community, according to Zalcman. And it’s another in a growing line of failed attempts to implement their traffic safety proposals.

“We have been sabotaged in almost all of our efforts by one elected person in particular, and some other people,” Zalcman said. The politician went unnamed. On the city and state level, Manhattan Beach is represented by City Councilman Michael Nelson and State Senator Carl Kruger.

Keep reading to find out about both group’s secret attempts to reunite, and how it fell apart.

The Department of Transportation is implementing several new traffic safety initiatives in Manhattan Beach, but the neighborhood’s community groups still say more needs to be done.

The agency has agreed to add a speed bump on Oxford Street, and permanent stop signs have already been installed at each of Kingsborough Community College’s entrances. The city also approved a plan to increase “daylighting” – the removal of parking spaces from corners to allow more visibility for drivers making a turn – along all Oriental Boulevard corners where a southbound street meets the avenue.

Despite the concessions, both of the community’s civics are asking for more to be done to protect the neighborhood from reckless drivers.

Find out about the MBNA’s meeting with the DOT, and what more the rival group, MBCG, says needs to be done.

In an apparent victory for Manhattan Beach residents, officials began removing Oriental Boulevard’s concrete planters on Friday.

The decision to remove the planters came after residents berated Mayor Bloomberg’s community liaison during a Manhattan Beach Community Group meeting attended by the parents of the 4-year-old killed in a tragic bus accident last month. Residents stated in no uncertain terms that it was time the mayor prodded the agencies to action on traffic safety initiatives.

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With Kingsborough Community College’s enrollment roster swelling, and projects underway to accommodate growing needs, the school has turned to some imaginative ways of raising funds. Last year was the walkathon, which raised $15,000 for scholarships – and now they’re picking a fight with a bunch of old men.

Thirteen old men, to be exact. And they’re not really that old.

On Sunday, October 24, warriors from the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association will take on the spry youths of Kingsborough’s softball team. But it’s a win-win for the school, who is hosting the match at noon, since they’re getting paid regardless.

Each of the Manhattan Beach players has doled out at least $100 to be on the team, and they’ve been raising additional funds from friends, family and neighbors as well. A final tally of funds raised is not yet available, but the number will be announced at the game on Sunday.

Anyone interested in making a contribution to the school to be presented at the game can contact Edmond Dweck at or (917) 747-5863. And, of course, the game is open for anyone to come and watch.

The Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association revealed a laundry list of traffic safety proposals at their meeting last night, and lambasted their rival community group’s efforts for “patting themselves on the back.”

Executive members of MBNA and Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo met with representatives of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s office on Thursday, July 29, to present their ideas. According to the group, the advocate’s office gave a warm reception to the suggestion and is now issuing letters to relevant agencies to spur action.

“I’ve got to say the Public Advocate’s representatives were extremely attentive,” said Scavo. “They questioned why DOT, why Parks, why [there hasn't been] reception from these various agencies.”

MBNA President Alan Ditchek is optimistic about the plan.

“[These are] very good ideas and certainly will go a long way to rectifying the situation in Manhattan Beach that’s happened here over the last few years,” said Ditchek. “I think we’ve got a very good list compiled and if we implement just some of these things we will certainly see safer streets.”

See details of MBNA’s traffic plan, what happens next, and read the rival group’s response to MBNA’s attack on their efficiency.

The Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association praised the 61st Precinct’s Memorial Day response, but requested ways to enhance coordination with the community for a more orderly summer season at last night’s meeting.

The group thanked Sergeant Michael Doyle from the NYPD’s 61st Precinct Community Affairs Unit for the precinct’s work in fostering an incident free day on Memorial Day, when thousands of people shifted there from Coney Island and Brighton Beach following a stabbing. But they also worried that police manpower was not adequate to handle the influx of visitors to the neighborhood, and that summer traffic snafus are not addressed quickly enough.

In the past, the 61st Precinct dispatched officers to direct traffic on Oriental Boulevard near the beach parking lot and in other locations in the community. But MBNA members said that “pockets” of traffic backups still exist.

“In a scenario like that, how does one advise the police that are there, without calling 911, without calling 311?” MBNA public relations director Edmond Dweck asked Doyle. “Could we possibly have access to advising whoever is in charge on the beach that day?”

A sergeant is always in the beach area, coordinating the precinct’s response. Dweck asked for a phone number to call or send texts to in order to instruct them to deploy officers to clear a problem area.

View more video and keep reading about the MBNA requesting additional NYPD manpower and efficiency.

Manhattan Beachs private security forces are hampered by economy, selfishness, and politics (Photo courtesy of davidsonscott15 via Flickr)

Manhattan Beach's private security forces are hampered by economy, selfishness, and politics(Photo courtesy of davidsonscott15 via Flickr)

Manhattan Beach’s private security force needs to see commitments from at least 150 more households if it expects to continue service in 2010, officials from the non-profit told Sheepshead Bites following Monday night’s Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association meeting.

Hours before the meeting, Beachside Patrol Director Albert Hasson blasted an e-mail to all contributors warning of the service’s impending suspension in the face of financial difficulties. Hard copies of the letter will be mailed to all residents of Manhattan Beach in the coming days.

But though the patrol’s fate may be clear, reasons for dwindling support among neighborhood residents remain murky. Some supporters point to the city’s faltering economy, others believe their neighbors aren’t interested, and at least one City Councilman points the finger at a long-standing feud between two Manhattan Beach civic organizations.

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