This past October the businesses along the boardwalk were given notice to vacate by November 15th, 2010. Most of these businesses, in fact the eight that are involved in the eviction have formed a resistance group calling themselves The Coney Island 8. A court hearing, which was a reschedule, was set for January 10, 2010 - a request by The Coney Island 8′s attorney Marc Aronson. Some feel the postponement will help in stalling negotiations in order to thwart Central Amusements / Zamperla's own plans for the boardwalk, in time for the summer. A plan originally derived and ordered from the Bloomberg administration in their vision for a 'fresh new boardwalk'. The city is being criticized for making the cold eviction Zamperla's idea.
Meanwhile in the Coney Island 8's website, the argument is that Bloomberg and the rest of its city officials needs to get it through their heads that Coney Island can not be a year-round destination. Nor can they bring in fancy foods with high prices. Even though its always been said that Coney is a poor man's paradise, the food was still pretty expensive. Why make it even more expensive? Coney's nickle days have been long gone.
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