Frustration over massive concrete planters along Oriental Boulevard’s median is riding high for Manhattan Beach Community Group, which put the Parks Department “on notice” during their November meeting, according to Sheepsheadbay Bites.com
The 67 year-old group sent a lettter to Adrian Benepe on November 18. In the letter the group put the blame for future accidents squarely on the shoulders of the city agency and was written after the group was advised that it would make the city accountable in future lawsuits.
The group, with the help of Community Board 15, has spent the better part of two years fighting the tall concrete planters, which they say blocks the view of oncoming traffic for turning vehicles and can be attributed to several accidents, including one recent death. Parks Department officials agreed earlier this year to move the planters by the end of September, but later ditched the plans by saying they’re “too heavy.”
"The removal of the planters that were placed by the Parks Department on the center median on Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn is imperative. The enclosed photographs taken from inside a car on November 7, 2009, confirm the extremely dangerous condition for drivers who cannot see oncoming vehicles when turning. There was a recent death as well as multiple accidents attributed to the height and the location of these planters.
In your September 2009 letter to our organization, you stated that the planters would be removed from the mall by the end of September. To date, no action has been taken."
MBCG Puts Parks Dept. “On Notice”
Sheepshead Bites - November 23, 2009
Manhattan Beach Community Group