Meeting Time: May 05, 2020 at 6:00pm PDT
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      Nicole Andrews 25 days ago

      COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period, let me reiterate prolonged periods of time not by passing on the sidewalk. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing. those are increased risk should take additional precautions, the general public should be able to use public spaces. Open up the city, restaurants, parks and Strand

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      James Smith 25 days ago

      Please do not even consider opening Marine Park. It is much more of a sports complex than a park. The picnic play area is tiny. The basketball courts are used mainly by adults and many are not residents. The soccer fields are used by youth and adults. Team sport play should not be encouraged at this time. Keep Marine Park closed.

    C. PUBLIC COMMENTS (3 MINUTES PER PERSON) Pursuant to Governor Newsom's Executive Orders No. N-25-20 and No. N-29-20, City Council Chambers is not open to the public. In the interest of maintaining appropriate social distancing, the City Council encourages the public to participate by submitting comments in advance of the meeting, no later than 5:30 PM, May 5, 2020 (the day of the meeting), via: 1) eComment at www.citymb.info/ecomment; 2) email to cityclerk@citymb.info; or 3) telephone message recorded at (310) 802-5030. All of your comments provided by the deadlines above will be available to the City Council and the public prior to the meeting. In addition, you may participate by joining Zoom during the meeting. If you wish to speak on any item on the agenda, please register in advance by clicking the following link: https://citymb.seamlessdocs.com/f/publiccomment 1) Join Zoom Meeting via the internet: Direct URL: https://zoom.us/j/91513954171, Meeting ID: 915-1395-4171 During the meeting you will need to use the "raise hand" emoji through Zoom at the time the Mayor invites the public to provide comments. 2) Join Zoom Meeting via Phone Conference (Voice Only): Phone Number: (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 915-1395-4171 During the meeting you will need to enter *9 on the phone's dial pad at the time the Mayor invites the public to provide comments.

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      Peter Flax 24 days ago

      I don't have a strong position about whether or not to open parks, but I would urge you to prioritize the input of experts—namely scientists and doctors who specialize in infectious disease—over the passionate frustrations of local residents. The implications of your decisions could impact the health of the entire community and you should take that seriously.

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      Sandra Calleros 24 days ago

      Please open the tennis courts. Responsible play as outlined by the United States Tennis Association is safe and will not spread Covid-19. It would greatly benefit our physical and mental health.

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      Anna Kissell 24 days ago

      I fully support the reopening of the strand, bike path, recreational parks, and beach (LA County) in MB. Outdoor spaces are a lifeline to our daily lives. Nurses, doctors, and medical personal right here in our own neighborhood fully support access as it provides an open, safe space to exercise and de-stress. Strict closures seem unnecessary at this time as it has been scientifically proven that outdoor activity provides far more benefits than not. Thank you for your consideration and support.

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      Ken Bush 24 days ago

      I support responsible social distancing on our beaches, tennis courts and parks.

      MB has embraced the responsibility of proper socal distancing on the greenbelt, streets,and essential businessess. Limiting access to other activity venues has congested the alllowed areas, and I believe that the message is clear how important this practice is. It's not reasonable to expect folks to continue to stay home, allowing more space for people to be outdoors will be more effective to practice Social Dist.

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      Kirsten Helvey 24 days ago

      Please reopen tennis courts. There is more social distancing playing tennis then walking around MB. Our streets are very crowded with residents walking and biking. Please allow us to use tennis courts where we are well over 6 feet from another player.

      Based on Newson's news conference, he too agrees that tennis can be played safely. See 22:23, "we have guidance on tennis, as an activity, an outdoor activity, which we encourage again, as long as you practice physical distancing."

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      Tristy Patterson 24 days ago

      I support surfing and I support the beaches and strand being open for everyone.
      I mean, if you’re elderly or have prior health conditions I think you should stay inside, you should take the precautions, but if not, then I can’t see anybody stop living their lives.

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      Amy Digiaro 25 days ago

      Please reopen tennis courts. There is more social distancing playing tennis then walking around MB. Our streets are very crowded with residents walking and biking. Please allow us to use tennis courts where we are well over 6 feet from another player.

      Based on Newson's news conference, he too agrees that tennis can be played safely. See 22:23, "we have guidance on tennis, as an activity, an outdoor activity, which we encourage again, as long as you practice physical distancing."

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      Blaine Kuiper 25 days ago

      Please pressure the County to retract its order to close the beach and bike path. I wasn’t around during the infamous March 21 beach-rush, but the week that followed showed a paucity of people. Finances and fears will likely keep many away now. Also, please avoid a protracted reopening with tedious phases. The four-step plan described earlier is sure to annoy the public and make no meaningful difference than simply a one- or two-step plan. Instead, maybe limit the amount of available parking.

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      Edward Gajdicar 25 days ago

      I want to bring to CC's attention the increase in mentally ill homeless in MB. NextDoor Meadows Section: Homeless Man with Weapon in Neighborhood. On the walkway that connects Aviation to Wendy Way, a homeless man holding a machete not a knife rushed a man, Police were called and the man was apprehended. They took him to the Hawthorne Police Station. Please increase foot patrols around the city

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      Marilyn Norrie 28 days ago

      I support opening the Strand and bike path. Having everyone crowded into Ocean Dr is not safe for many reasons and does little (if anything) to reduce the chance of transmission.

      To open the Strand safely, you can request (but do not force) people to wear face masks and safely distance. You can put signs out to this effect.

      The level of restriction being imposed here in Manhattan Beach is excessive and unnecessary.

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      Kevin Whilden 29 days ago

      Please fight to open our beaches for recreational use. I am personally feeling extremely distressed from not be able to swim in the ocean for the past six weeks. Keeping it closed is causing more harm than good to people that live in Manhattan Beach.

      I believe the that residents can use the beach responsibly. San Diego has instituted rules to allow residents to use the beach for active recreation, like walking, swimming, or surfing. We should do the same as soon as possible.

    2. 20-0177 Public Hearing to Consider: Application for the Expansion of an Existing Restaurant with Full Alcohol Service (Manhattan Beach Post) Into an Adjacent Vacant Restaurant Space (Formerly Subway) and Expansion of Hours of Operation, at 1142 Manhattan Avenue, and Make an Environmental Determination in Accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (Simms Restaurant Group/Simms) (Community Development Director Tai). a) CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING DE NOVO b) MAKE AN ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT (CEQA) c) CONSIDER DIRECTING STAFF TO DRAFT A RESOLUTION CONDITIONALLY APPROVING THE USE PERMIT AMENDMENT FOR COUNCIL CONSIDERATION AT A SUBSEQUENT COUNCIL MEETING

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      Jody Leventhal 24 days ago

      Nearby residents collaboratively improved the bar-restaurant scene when late-night alcohol began negatively impacting beach life on Manhattan Ave. MBPost is a great spot. Bear in mind that the Use Permit however will rum with the land not the business. Subway restaurant did not serve alcohol and it closed at 9 pm. Traffic and Congestion and Noise are already problematic. 1) No
      increase of hours of operation. 2) don’t serve alcohol without a full food menu 3) Close windows by 10:00. Thank you.

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      david jina 24 days ago

      yes let them expand.

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      Jody Leventhal 24 days ago

      Kudos to Council for strong leadership, adherence to State & County guidelines. California doing better than most, has much to do with methodical not emotional response. Recent behavior of some demonstrated dangerous disregard for ordinances and show a population not ready to be fair and safe. Please base decisions for public safety on the advice of infectious disease experts. Experts believe opening public gathering too soon will spike infections. We need a few more weeks. Thank you.

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      Lori Nolting 24 days ago

      Please open our parks, tennis courts and open spaces for safe use with social distancing.

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      Elizabeth Mozilo 24 days ago

      Please reopen tennis courts. There is more social distancing playing tennis then walking around MB. Our streets are very crowded with residents walking and biking. Please allow us to use tennis courts where we are well over 6 feet from another player.

      Based on Newson's news conference, he too agrees that tennis can be played safely. See 22:23, "we have guidance on tennis, as an activity, an outdoor activity, which we encourage again, as long as you practice physical distancing."

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      Bill von Behren 24 days ago

      It is time to reopen our Parks, the Strand and bike path for our community, with appropriate social distancing and face covering guidelines. Otherwise, it appears that a significant segment of our community will ignore the "closures" anyway. It would seem wiser for our City to respond to the public's requests, in order maintain credibility and have the opportunity to impose reasonable and enforceable restrictions rather than risk mutiny in the form of civil disobedience with no guidelines.

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      Andrew Cheng 24 days ago

      I urge the City Council to reopen the tennis courts in Manhattan Beach. As many have noted in these comments, tennis can easily be played in a manner consistent with social distancing. Plus, opening the tennis courts and providing residents some athletic outlet also I think makes it easier to continue to adhere to other social distancing requirements. Finally, while I understand that many are unable to work, allowing our local tennis pros to resume making a living safely is a good thing.

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      Christine Bucklin 24 days ago

      Please reopen the tennis courts and golf courses

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      Sarah Nedelman 24 days ago

      Please open the tennis courts and parks/school fields as soon a possible. Tennis is a non-contact sport with distancing already built into the way it is played. With the beach, bike paths, and parks closed there is little place for residents and their families to exercise thus forcing people to run, walk, skate, scooter in the streets which is more dangerous than public open spaces. Outdoor exercise will help all our mental health and immune system, which is also key to fighting this virus.

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      Janice Liu 24 days ago

      Please reopen the tennis courts. Tennis courts are 78 ft long, multiple magnitudes greater than the 6 ft social distancing requirement. So, no masks are needed. If there won't be a reservation system, there should be an easy to self-administer rule. Eg, play ends only on the hour (1PM, 2PM,etc.). If someone is waiting at the turn of the hour, the court is relinquished. If A starts playing at 2:45 and B is waiting there at 3PM, A stops playing at 3PM. This lessens arguments about length of play.

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      Jeff Cohn 24 days ago

      Tennis Courts, Parks and Beaches should never have been closed. There is zero data correlation that home orders preventing the transmission of the virus. There is also plenty of scientific data to show that the likelihood of viral spread outdoors is near 0%. https://www.coronafraud.com/2020/05/how-many-people-followed-stay-at-home.html

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      Staci Carey 24 days ago

      Please re-open the sand dune in this current phase. With reservations, numbers can be controlled and areas can be marked to achieve safe distancing while exercising. Opening the sand dune will alleviate crowding on the green belt. Runners, walkers, bikers, strollers, etc. come within inches of one another. Since gyms are not yet ready to open, the sand dune can offer a healthy outdoor area for many who need a low impact alternative to running in the street.

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      Spencer Trotta 24 days ago

      Outdoor activity is necessary for maintaining a strong immune system. We can follow safety measures provided by CDC and health officials when resuming outdoor activities. Restrict confined areas in a park, such as a children's play structure, that are difficult to maintain human distance if necessary, but a large walkway, beach, or tennis/sports facility have plenty of space if everyone is mindful of the distance and sanitizing courtesies.

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      Dan Mackechnie 24 days ago

      Please re-open all public spaces. Social distancing, masks and hand-washing have become new healthy habits. We can't sensationalize the few cases of those not following the rules. We are all motivated by our own self-interest which includes avoiding sickness. Give residents back their individual liberties and decision making rights. Please pressure the county to re-open the beaches and help businesses re-open too. Funnel resources to at risk residents, not stopping healthy activities.

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      John Cochran 24 days ago

      I fully support the re-opening of MB's tennis courts. Playing tennis, by definition, permits players to responsibly practice social distancing. On a daily basis, basic activities like grocery shopping, involve materially more risk. Further, tennis, like many outdoor activities, is an essential ingredient to our residents' physical and mental health, which cannot be ignored. I urge you to consider both the safety of tennis and its clear physical and mental health benefits. Thanks!!

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      Kristen Lukas 24 days ago

      Please reopen MB tennis courts. Because tennis does not require any direct person-to-person contact, players can benefit from the numerous physical and mental benefits that the sport has to offer, while keeping the 6-foot distancing protocol. Tennis is a great way to relieve stress, socialize with others, while providing much needed exercise.

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      david jina 24 days ago

      OPEN ALL PUBLIC PLACES NOW! As a 20 year resident I demand that you remove all restrictions and prohibitions from public spaces such as parks, beaches etc. I am not going to say please as I am not your child. The city is here for the people and you have violated our constitutional right and I demand they be reinstated immediately.

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      Renee Simone 24 days ago

      ES & HB have open parks--people are social distancing. We need safe places for our young kids to play w/o driving. Open tennis & the beach, at least during the week for exercise, please, too (San Diego and ventura fought back against newsom's orders). We were there the 3 days before closure and NO one was there (during the week). It's "healing" to be by the ocean. We NEED places to spread out. People who "don't care" are going to have house parties anyway. The rest shouldn't be punished. THX!

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      kim komick 24 days ago

      Please open parks, tennis courts and fields for soccer. No masks unless social distancing is impossible. Open beaches and parks at the same time so that people are more spread out with more options. Don't limit hours as some cities have done as it just concentrates more people into time zones and causes confusion.

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      Ross Mitchell 24 days ago

      Please reopen the tennis courts, parks and fields. There is more social distancing playing tennis than walking around MB. Families and individuals are now well versed in social distancing and giving them more space to recreate will help people better conform to our social distancing goals rather than confining them in homes, townhomes and apartments. Our streets are very crowded with residents walking and biking.

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      Kirsten Helvey 24 days ago

      Please reopen tennis courts. There is more social distancing playing tennis then walking around MB. Our streets are very crowded with residents walking and biking. Please allow us to use tennis courts where we are well over 6 feet from another player.

      Based on Newson's news conference, he too agrees that tennis can be played safely. See 22:23, "we have guidance on tennis, as an activity, an outdoor activity, which we encourage again, as long as you practice physical distancing."

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      ERIN FREEMAN 24 days ago

      Please open the tennis courts. Tennis is a sport that practices social distancing by its very nature and if each team/person uses their own balls, it’s even safer! Plus allowing people to play tennis will alleviate crowds on Ocean Ave and the wood chips and other streets. And lastly, I believe Newsom recently said tennis was a safe sport to engage in during these times. Thank you

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      Anne Wharton 24 days ago

      Please reopen tennis courts. Tennis provides a unique opportunity through a net and fencing to naturally maintain safe distancing, requiring players to mark balls, not use hands to pick up ball or glove one hand will add additional measures. Many courts are Open in Ojai, La Quinta and the OC. Governor Newsom also supported the activity of tennis in his 4/30 press conference. This would also allow our community to spread out further for activity! Thank you for your consideration!!!

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      Yael Feder 24 days ago

      Please wait until the Stay at Home order expires before taking action that risks public health. Opening parks before then contradicts the intent of staying home to slow the spread of disease.
      LA’s mayor will not relax the SAH order until there is a 2 week decline in COVID hospitalizations.
      Please follow the example of LA’s leadership and let science and data, not the complaints of a few disgruntled residents, guide your decisions. Thank you.

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      William Elkman 24 days ago

      1. What Park safe distancing enforcement provisions will be used? Will Park Rangers and Police be regularly present, to give guidance and warnings?
      2. Regarding Beach openings, same questions; how will the City and County enforce safe Distancing on the Strand, the beach and parking lots, particularly at the Marine life guard lot, and El Porto? This is in the context of the problems occurring in both Huntington and Newport beach
      Bill Elkman, Laurel ave.

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      Laura Kiely 25 days ago

      Please Base decisions about Covid-19 and public safety on the advice of infectious disease experts. They believe opening public gathering places too soon will spike Covid-19 infections. Health experts advise waiting for the curve to decline 14 days before reopening public gathering areas. The curve is stable, but has not declined. Let’s not prolong this ordeal by going backward. Do not open parks for socializing and playground use. Respect the State order against public socializing. Thank you.

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      Brian Thomas 25 days ago

      I support opening up more parks in Manhattan Beach, but not the Strand. We should open parks that have large open space and allow for social distancing. The Strand fails this test. Also, because the Strand is well known, it will draw in even more people from outside of Manhattan Beach. LA County is still the epicenter of COVID-19 in California, we do not want to be encouraging more people to travel here. Lastly, we should not consider opening the Strand until the beaches are open.

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      Deidra Tran 25 days ago

      I strongly support re-opening of parks, public places and the beach. As a mother of 4 young children, they need and deserve a place to be children. Let me, as their mother determine whether we need face coverings and where we should go. Face coverings are a matter of policy not health and necessity. Also your pool policy notes only 4 people per family area allowed. Which children am I supposed to leave home in that case? Remember your own motto: Parks Make Life Better!

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      Peter Pham 25 days ago

      The science of contracting Covid is thru droplets from sneezing/coughing or prolonged close contact (living with someone, or medical environment). Neither of these things happen walking on the strand, being in the park walking/jogging by others. There has been zero cases globally from being outside & walking by someone. 94% of hospitalized patients in new york had an underlying condition, 88 % had 2 or more with a median age of 64. lets' let the healthy get some room to move around.

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      Lee Breisacher 25 days ago

      Opening the parks seems ok, for people that are walking and keeping their distance. I don't think that should include the play areas and dog runs. I also strongly feel we should listen to the public health experts about the proper criteria for opening things. We should NOT be opening things up just because we feel it has been "long enough", or "it is time". That is BS. Public health officials have specified some clear criteria, and we should stick with stay-at-home for as long as it takes.

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      Blaine Kuiper 25 days ago

      I strong support opening the Strand and parks. Hermosa’s parks have long been open and the overwhelming majority are being responsible adults without the need of masks. I would hope that MB residents are similarly mature. The Strand may as well be open: I was at 15th Street at 7pm on Monday and, in less than 10 minutes, I noticed about 50 people walking the Strand. All were maintaining distance.

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      Mike Michalski 25 days ago

      As a general proposition, I am in favor of opening the parks and Strand with required social distancing and with face masks strongly encouraged but not required (so as to take some of the pressure off City staff). It may be too soon to reopen the sports venues (basketball courts, soccer fields, etc) - I would look to the County and State for guidance on that. Lastly, please advocate for opening the beach in conjunction with all County beaches.

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      Morgan Sank 25 days ago

      Follow the great example that San Diego has done by opening the beach to activities including surf, swim, running, and walking. Social distancing enforced and relief to Ocean Drive. San Diego is operating smoothly with this in effect and is best for everyone.

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      Nicole Andrews 25 days ago

      COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period, let me reiterate prolonged periods of time not by passing on the sidewalk. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing. those are increased risk should take additional precautions, the general public should be able to use public spaces.

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      Andrew McCarthy 25 days ago

      I strongly urge Manhattan Beach to re-open the parks for physical activity only. I support the rights of local/residents to use Marine Park for physical activity only. Whether face masks or social distancing be required to use the park, I believe it is the best interest of all to re-open the parks.

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      Ron Hayes 25 days ago

      We want our City Council to be guided by the science and the medical experts. Not by politics. We want our schools OPEN after summer break. Whatever the best path is to ensure this is critical. The virtual lessons being provided by MCHS for our sophomore are almost pointless. This had been a significant failing. If opening the parks increases the risk of being able to open schools in the fall, then keep them closed until the science and the medical experts say how it's safe to do so.

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      Robert Draves 25 days ago

      We strongly urge the council to reopen the parks without a face mask requirement, but with distancing requirements. It is time to begin to reverse restrictions in this regard and in many others as well.

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      W Griffin 25 days ago

      I strongly support opening the parks with suggestions for facial masks and social distancing. Please open the stairs into live oak park and from 19th/18th to veterans parkway. Having the bike path and the strand open would be helpful and the beaches. I actually think it will make us safer as the current areas are over populated even with people doing their best to social distance.

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      Kathy Beckwith 27 days ago

      I also strongly support the opening of ALL parks. Make SUGGESTIONS for social distancing and masks. The current closures are excessive.
      The closure of pedestrian access at 18th/19th through Live Oak Park, and at Bell is unreasonable. The recent addition of patrolling on the Greenbelt where people are walking is also unnecessary, dangerous, and spreading fear.
      Depression is a real issue in this community and we need more places to heal.

      Please also stand up against the beach closure.

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      Marilyn Norrie 28 days ago

      I strongly support opening the parks. One suggestion is to install automated hand sanitizer dispensers near play structures or, for play structures/equipment that are fenced off, simply close those off. Also you suggest (but not force) social distancing and wearing of facefasks.

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      Ron Hayes 25 days ago

      We want City Council to be guided by the science and the medical experts, not by politics. We want our schools OPEN after summer break. Whatever the best path to ensure this is critical. The virtual lessons being provided by MCHS for our sophomore are pointless. This had been a significant failing. If whatever measures you decide to take increase the risk of NOT being able to open schools in the fall, please do not dismiss that risk. Parents are counting on you for the future of our kids.

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      Matt Domyancic 25 days ago

      Please make signs for ocean drive reminding people it is a residential area, to be mindful of the volume of their voices and music, to please not enter private property, and to be respectful as if it is their neighborhood. We know you guys are going to do nothing to stop the crowds that don’t social distance, at least you can try to give us a tiny bit of peace. We now deal with it until midnight because of the blue waves.