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When we hit Manhattan Beach last week to get some photos, we came across an unexpected sight: a go kart zooming up and down Exeter Street.

Three people were playing around with the noisemaker, jotting around the dead end block. It was around 3:00 p.m., and no one else seemed to be around, so I just watched them go up and down, up and down. We didn’t get any of the good parts on film, like the miniature Tokyo Drift-style nonsense or the 180-degree spins they were doing.

For the most part, they didn’t seem to be bothering anyone.

But then they did something really stupid. Two of the guys got in the white car and took off. The third stayed in the go kart, sped to the mouth of Exeter Street and turned onto Oriental Boulevard. They zoomed at full speed towards the college, disappearing beyond my view. He never returned.

Again, this was around 3:00 p.m., and the boulevard was busy with buses and cars going to and from the school.

We decided to ask around with local leaders and law enforcement to see if this was a common occurrence. The 61st Precinct told us they never heard a complaint. Ditto Community Board 15 and the Manhattan Beach Community Group.

But apparently leaders of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association are well aware of the problem, and say it’s a dangerous nuisance for residents.

“They go up the streets the wrong way, they’re extremely loud, and they’re low to the ground,” said MBNA spokesperson Edmond Dweck. “I feel sorry for the car that hits them. [The car's driver will] probably be blamed and get locked up.”

Dweck said the issue has come up a “couple of times” at MBNA meetings.

Because go-karts are not designed for street use, and are not subject to the same safety standards and regulations as permitted motor vehicles, they are illegal on all streets, highways, parking lots, sidewalks and any other area, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Violators can be arrested.

“It’s not just a violation of traffic law, it’s the children and other drivers,” said MBNA President Alan Ditchek. “It’s dangerous. You just can’t see them.”

The current structure, with an overlay of the proposed designs. Scale is approximate.

Community Board 15 voted overwhelmingly to approve a planned Manhattan Beach McMansion on the site of the rectory of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, despite objections from a local community group.

The request for a special permit to enlarge the current building by more than three times its current size and nearly double the size allowed by law came before the board during their Tuesday night meeting. The board voted 26 in favor and five against (with one abstention) to approve major modifications to the 92-year-old structure.

That approval came despite opposition from the Manhattan Beach Community Group, who said the lawyer’s claims about the building were based on faulty data.

“The measurements that they’re using for this house is flawed. The whole procedure is flawed. He shouldn’t be allowed to build that house,” said MBCG President Ira Zalcman.

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Reader Lina R. sent in the above photograph, which she shot yesterday. Apparently this guy was strolling Shore Boulevard by Exeter Street in the morning. Lina didn’t know how it got up there, but she said it was still alive and that she guessed a fisherman caught it and didn’t know what to do, which might explain the blood underneath it. She also doesn’t know what happened to it afterwards. We sure hope some brave soul with a heart managed to pick it up and throw it back into the water. Regardless, what a sight!

We’ve gotten word that there has been an all-hands fire on Exeter Street, just south of Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.

The fire broke out sometime after 1:00 p.m. It was confirmed by Gothamist News Map, putting the call in at 1:30 p.m.

Sheepshead Bites received a tip via Twitter, stating:

a swaem of firetrucks and ambulences are by the church next to manhattan beach. On orientalboulevard and exeter.

That church would be St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church at 215 Exeter Street, one of the oldest buildings in Manhattan Beach. We’re hoping it remains undamaged by any of this.

No other information is available at this time.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

We just received word that there has been another accident on Shore Boulevard near Exeter Street, and it seems at least one person is injured.

FDNY and EMS are on the scene, and it looks like the driver of an SUV took the turn too quickly, slamming into the rear of a parked car.

Shore Boulevard begins to curve near the footbridge at Exeter Street, and community groups frequently complain to the city that the lack of lights or other traffic controls that limit speeding makes it a hot spot for accidents. At least one fatality has occurred at the same spot, and other accidents we’ve reported on or near that intersection include this one, this one and this one.

The city has agreed to do additional traffic studies in Manhattan Beach, but has not provided a timetable for action.

Thanks to Shane for the photo and tip.

Correction: The original version of this article mistakenly referred to Shore Boulevard as Shore Parkway. Whoops!

We got tips from no less than five readers that there was another accident tonight on Shore Boulevard near Exeter Street. A driver in a Mercedes was pulling out of a parking spot between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. tonight when another vehicle slammed into him. We’re told no one was seriously hurt, but this has yet to be confirmed.

This is the second accident in Manhattan Beach this week. FDNY and NYPD were both on the scene, and we believe chemicals were sprayed on the pavement to neutralize leaking gasoline or oil.

Photos are forthcoming. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

MBCG says Shore Blvd and Exeter is more dangerous, as pedestrians leave the footbridge and the road's curve limits visibility.

Spurred on by an accident that left one dead and one arrested, the Manhattan Beach Community Group has come up with a list of short- and long-term objectives to make Shore Boulevard safer, particularly around Exeter Street where the road curves and the pedestrian bridge sits.

“Newly paved Shore Blvd. has become faster and more dangerous at the curve of the road between Exeter and Dover Streets,” the group’s president, Ira Zalcman, wrote on the website. “Last spring a car lost control at this very spot and hit a tree, park bench and  2 cars. Two nights ago there was a fatality a block away.”

Below is the group’s to-do list:

  • Move Shore Parkway traffic light from Ocean Avenue to Exeter Street, where pedestrian traffic exits the bridge and the road begins to curve, limiting visibility.
  • More police enforcement on summer nights, when the beach empties.
  • A lit highway sign should be placed temporarily on Shore Parkway between Coleridge Street and Beaumont Street, saying, “Fatality occurred here – Slow down.”
  • Decoy a parked scooter or police car near the bridge.

After 17 days, the medical examiner’s office still has not declared a cause of death for an unidentified body found floating in Sheepshead Bay on May 21.

Sergeant Doyle of the 61st Precinct Community Affairs Unit told members of the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association on Monday that the precinct’s detectives are working on the case. The man does not fit any descriptions of a missing person in our area or any of the other jurisdictions that they’ve reached out to.

According to Doyle, the victim is a white male in his 40s or 50s. He was found well-dressed in slacks, button down shirt and vest. The body was fished out of the waters near Shore Boulevard and Exeter Street in Manhattan Beach.

The officer also confirmed that the man was found with five-pound weights tied to him, but said that it is not officially deemed a homicide until the medical examiner rules on it.

The body found floating in Sheepshead Bay may have been a murder victim, circumstances suggest. Authorities fished the 6-foot-2, 240-pound grey-haired white male out of the waters near Shore Boulevard and Exeter Street last Friday. Tied to his wrists and ankles were five-pound weights, but NYPD has not yet ruled the case a homicide. According to a Courier-Life report, the victim did not have any gunshot or stabbing wounds, and his identity continues to remain a mystery. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, but results are inconclusive pending further tests.

We haven’t yet heard back from the 61st Precinct regarding the body that floated into Sheepshead Bay on Friday. However, a few sources around the neighborhood have confirmed our previous report and added that an autopsy was scheduled for today. Additionally, no identification was found on the body and police don’t yet know who it is.

UPDATE [6:24 p.m.]: Just got through to the precinct. The detective squad is investigating it and they are refusing to give out information at this time. We’ll let you know if we hear anything.

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