Coney Community Board Votes Yes to Rezoning Plan, No to Plan’s Actual Details (Village Voice news blog)

The Coney Island community board voted on the controversial neighborhood rezoning plan last night, and the result gave herding cats a bad name:

It took four years, but the fate of Coney Island’s future finally began the deliberative phase tonight, with a meeting of Brooklyn’s Community Board 13 in the packed, sweltering auditorium of Coney Island Hospital to vote on the rezoning plan put forward last April by the Bloomberg administration, which would turn the beachfront into amusement-covered public parkland while allowing 30-story hotels along Surf Avenue. Given the city land use process’s Wonderlandesque requirement that the board vote first, then hear public comments afterwards, one might have expected fewer fireworks than at some previous public hearings in Coney. One would have been wrong… [read more]

Bonus multimedia content: audio of city councilmember Domenic Recchia screaming like a madman!