Busted Up Coney Boardwalk Continues to Generate Concern
The horrid condition of the boardwalk in Coney Island, a subject to which we've devoted countless, continues to generate some coverage. This week the Bay News notes the boardwalk's deterioration. It also makes the very interesting point that Coney Island redevelopment make encourage the city to allow the problem to get worse before it gets better because the city may be reluctant to make repairs only to see it torn up again by construction-related work. The paper describes the problem as follows:
The ever-popular promenade is now riddled with holes, rotting wood, wobbly boards and exposed nails. In some parts there are wooden planks that jut up several inches, almost inviting someone to trip.The Parks Department says it's making repairs (the strategy this year seems to be nailing planks over the holes in the boards, presenting a brand new way for people to break their faces while enjoying the Brooklyn outdoors). They sent a statement to the Bay News saying "we continue to repair any hazards to ensure a safe pedestrian experience along the boardwalk." The pedestrian experience is so safe, in fact, that seven injury lawsuits were filed in 2005 and 2006 and $157,000 in settlements have been paid in nine cases filed since 1997. The problem is said to be "on the radar" at City Hall and some extra money will be put in place for emergency repairs. A major repair job, which the boardwalk desperately needs, would cost millions.