LONG BEACH - Long Beach is gearing up for the first major professional surfing tournament to be held on the East Coast.

The city will host the Quicksilver Pro New York Surf Competition, which is expected to attract thousands of spectators. However, some local residents are raising red flags about the event, including where everyone will park.

City Manager Charles Theofan says Long Beach is prepared, but advises all non-residents to take the train. He says officials also hope to divert a lot of the traffic to Jones Beach parking areas where buses will transport people to the competition.

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