(PHOTO: 50% Foofy drinks? County pol Astorino decides Thursday.)
Playland's Tiki Bar is looking to up its order of drink umbrellas by 50%.
Last week a pending vote by County Exec Rob Astorino to grant the Tiki Bar 50% additional space to serve patrons foofy drinks caused a stir and a pending vote (proclamation?) was postpostoned. In a MyRye.com reader poll, 81.3% of respondents votes against the Tiki Bar expansion.
But time is up this Thursday and the missives are flying from local pols – with the exception of the decider Astorino – we think he might be hiding behind the bar.
Westchester County Legislator Judy Myers said in a statement “Since the opening of the restaurant this summer, many Rye residents have expressed their concern that, under the current license agreement, the restaurant and Tiki Bar are seriously infringing on the public boardwalk space. With the adoption of this new agreement, residents will see the licensing of even more public space. Rye residents who phoned and emailed the County Executive convinced him to postpone the vote… however, the only by one week. This item is to be voted upon next Thursday, November 18th at 11:00 am and his vote is the deciding vote.”
And Rye Mayor Doug French weighed Monday afternoon saying "The City has been vigilant in reaching out to the County Executive, County Legislator as well as residents to ensure their views are properly represented. The City of Rye's position is that more time is needed for residents to have their voices heard and for elements of the pending contract extension to be fully vetted before any final decisions are made. When commercial and residential interests come together, it is better to evaluate their impacts up front rather than find remedies after the fact. In this case, we have a track record with the two establishments on the sound shore and residents have significant concerns."
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