Long Beach business owners worry about construction impact
Some business owners in Long Beach say they are worried that construction aimed at protecting the city's shorelines will hurt their bottom lines.
Mark Evangelista, owner of The Overlook at the Beach, says he won't be able to open his restaurant this year because of the Army Corp of Engineers project currently underway to restore damaged jetties. New York Avenue, which is where the restaurant is located, will be used as a staging area for the project.
Evangelista says no one was consulted about the plan, and city officials push the blame onto the Army Corp of Engineers. City Manager Jack Schnirman promises the beach will be open this summer, with only partial closures near where the engineers are working.
Some residents say they were surprised by the noise coming from the construction, but many agree that the jetty work must be done.
A Long Beach City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday. City businesses that could be potentially affected by the jetty restoration project are expected to speak.