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Old Posted Apr 30, 2009, 12:45 PM
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April 30, 2009

Looking to keep Coney Island alive this summer, the city is seeking bidders for a "beach adventure concession" just west of Steeplechase Pier across from KeySpan Park.

Parks Department officials hope someone will go into business offering inflatable equipment and rides, trampolines, climbing walls, rope courses and trapeze apparatuses.

The city isn't saying how large the operation could be -- although, because it will be on the beach, it won't include any permanent buildings.

"The less infrastructure, the better," said Julius Spiegel, commissioner for Brooklyn parks.

Besides offering beach sports equipment, the winning bidder will also be allowed to rent items such as beach chairs and body and windsurfing boards. They'll also be able to sell hot dogs, soda and snacks from pushcarts.

Meanwhile, Borough President Marty Markowitz yesterday agreed to back Mayor Bloomberg's Coney Island rezoning plan, but without the controversial amendments proposed by Community Board 13, such as quadrupling the retail space allowed within the amusement district.
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