New York Islanders: Floral Park Residents Off Base On Belmont Park Takes

By Matt O'Leary
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 01, 2018 (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 01, 2018 (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

The New York Islanders are another step closer to having Belmont Park built but are still finding naysayers to the project in Elmont.

Yesterday was a huge day for the New York Islanders, as they took another step towards making Belmont Park their permanent home. Despite the numerous community benefits, a handful of local Elmont and Floral Park residents still are against the arena.

The spinzone’s and hot takes coming out of the anti-arena folks have been interesting for some time, but this one might take the cake. One Floral Park Mom had this to say about the new arena:

"“What’s going to protect our kids from tailgating? From maybe things that are more adult oriented…? An eight feet hedge might not be enough.”"

Tailgating. In today’s climate, pick your poison on awful things happening around the world on a seemingly daily basis, we are most concerned with tailgating?

I don’t even know where to begin with that take. I’ve been going to tailgates since I was a kid at sporting events and I’ll tell you what, I turned out just fine.

There are a lot more jarring things for young children to be exposed to than parking lot tailgates. Regardless of how some feel about this project, it doesn’t seem to matter that much anymore based on yesterday’s news.

The Islanders are coming to Belmont and creating thousands of jobs in the process. Stop blowing the minute “issues” out of proportion.

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