Seaside Ice idea just melts away

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Attendance cooled off at the Seaside Ice rink in Redondo Beach in 2009, short-circuiting a would-be holiday tradition. Full Story
More of Less

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Nov 27, 2010
"Seaside Ice owed the city the $50,000 loan,$4,000 in rent for last season and $27,882 for rink refrigeration costs. Seaside Ice has since struck a confidential debt settlement plan with the city, according to Williams."

Ah, another one of our city councils ventures that made no sense! So how much money did we lose on this deal???????
Jim

Plymouth, PA

#3 Nov 27, 2010
More of Less wrote:
"Seaside Ice owed the city the $50,000 loan,$4,000 in rent for last season and $27,882 for rink refrigeration costs. Seaside Ice has since struck a confidential debt settlement plan with the city, according to Williams."
Ah, another one of our city councils ventures that made no sense! So how much money did we lose on this deal???????
At least they tried, and when it didn't work out we aren't stuck with another thing like some of the hotel developments that I suspect aren't supporting themselves.

Some people were employed, a lot of people had fun.
Your Tax Dollars

Reynoldsville, PA

#4 Nov 27, 2010
Once again our money flushed down the drain. Hope you all enjoy the $80,000 electrical upgrade at Sea Side Lagoon. Maybe when its turned into a hotel site the contractor can return all that copper to the metal recycler for a little cash!

Well at least they won't be running those huge refrigeration units 24/7 to make ice outside next to the Pacific Ocean. Environmentally Friendly City?? What a joke!
Sell Seaside Lagoon

United States

#5 Nov 27, 2010
When will we quit wasting $1,000,000 a year on Seaside Lagoon? Sell the junker now and get some cash for the city. It costs a $1M a year in our tax money every year and we just keep bleeding to pay for people from Lawndale and Hawthorne and Gardena and non-Redondo Beach citizens. If it were limited to Redondo, then maybe.

Get rid of the money pit.
Fabio

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#6 Nov 27, 2010
I cant believe the city would charge that much to rent an area of un-used sand during winter. Charge them for the electricity sure, but thats insane. Why not look at the big picture at the number of people that come to the area an visit local shops and restaurants. Ruby's and Cheese Cake Factory made a killing during this event.
Meta Phys

Downey, CA

#7 Nov 27, 2010
Only $400,000.00 to keep it going? That's an absurd amount of money for an ice-skating rink upkeep for a few months. Only in Southern California would that type of dollar amount be applied to something so basic.
Suzie

Palm Springs, CA

#8 Nov 27, 2010
Sell Seaside Lagoon wrote:
When will we quit wasting $1,000,000 a year on Seaside Lagoon? Sell the junker now and get some cash for the city. It costs a $1M a year in our tax money every year and we just keep bleeding to pay for people from Lawndale and Hawthorne and Gardena and non-Redondo Beach citizens. If it were limited to Redondo, then maybe.
Get rid of the money pit.
"If it were limited to Redondo, then maybe."???!!!

What kind of imbecile are you? If the users are nonresidents then it's bad to run a deficit? But if they are residents only then the deficit is OK? What kind of stupid thinking is that? Any kind of deficit is bad no matter who the user.

“Just be happy you're here”

Since: Jan 08

hhr

#9 Nov 27, 2010
It was a lot of fun to go out and skate at night next to the water. I am sad that the rink won't be back. As an adult, I had a lot of fun skating there and not having to give back rink time to the wanna be Olympians and hockey fiends at the other indoor rinks.

As far as the lagoon, it's a good safe place to bring children during the summer. When mine were little 15 years ago or so, it was a treat to be able to have them in a fenced area that they couldn't wander too far away.

But everyone has different priorities I guess. At least it brought in some revenue.

On the other hand, how long did the bowling alley site sit empty on Hawthorne? And how many of those new shops are going to be viable for any length of time?

Peace.
California Toilet

Torrance, CA

#10 Nov 27, 2010
Good....
We really should be putting more focus on spending cuts.
If season two had a 100K plus lose, who paid for that? The city, ie the tax payers.
So no opening it for a third season is the only thing that makes sense.

About time, 100K saved (or more), now the country just needs to come up with 1 trillion more cuts.
Miss Palm Desert

Los Angeles, CA

#11 Nov 27, 2010
Suzie wrote:
<quoted text>
"If it were limited to Redondo, then maybe."???!!!
What kind of imbecile are you? If the users are nonresidents then it's bad to run a deficit? But if they are residents only then the deficit is OK? What kind of stupid thinking is that? Any kind of deficit is bad no matter who the user.
Isn't the point that Redondo Beach taxes pay for it, so if Redondo Beach residents received the benefits then it would be a city service, like trash collection?
Anna

United States

#12 Nov 28, 2010
We have TWO ice skating rinks. What we need is a roller skating rink.
Fat Freddy_s Cat

Los Angeles, CA

#13 Nov 28, 2010
If they hadn't been such prudes about the nude ice skating, they would have made a fortune.
Bring it back

Redondo Beach, CA

#14 Nov 29, 2010
The city is the real jerk in all of this. They are making money off of these two rink owners that did good for the community! How stupid to think you wouldn't support what is good for the community! You have job opportunity as well as a safe place to kids to hang out and play. It's a great family activity and it's in a location that no one goes to in the winter. They did fundraisers there to help many organizations to raise money for their cause. I heard from kids telling me they had the BEST Birthday there ever! It generated more foot traffic for the local businesses and almost every city has an outdoor ice skating rink. From the sounds of this the city nor the tax payers were out of pocket on this. Why wouldn't they support it? For the city to compare this to a mall and the village is stupid! They are their year around with many businesses and this would be considered a city event that is open for a couple of months. They promote all the other events like the "lobster fest", "fireworks", "10K run". All those events that we tax payers to pay for so why wouldn't they support it! I love that the city used tax payers money of $2 million to pay for the stupid fountain on Catalina/PCh that doesn't work! And they won't support an outdoor ice rink! All the other cities seem to manage just fine. The Redondo Beach city councils and managers are not the brightest apple in the tree. It's sad that Redondo Beach is falling apart.

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