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Pinball is illegal in Beacon. Arcade my close. See CNN report.

Thanks to James Watkins for bringing this to our attention on another post.

Is the City of Beacon just going to let this guy go out of business? That's crazy. Does the major or somebody have the authority to not enforce the law until it is rewritten? Let the Mayor and City Council know you are all for legalized pinball playing!

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/crime/2010/08/07/pkg.chernoff.pinb...

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Comment by Keith Zahra on November 30, 2010 at 5:48pm
Thats REALLY FUNNY, City of Beacon took 6 WEEKS to pass the first Law Restricting TATTOOING,, And that didn't work in their favor so 3 months later they deleted (and YES Deleted as if it never existed) the first law against tattooing and they implemented a 2 part law.. Easy for them to fight against something but its really hard for them to...? I don't know I think its pick and choose. Read the story here: http://www.zahrastudio.com/beacon.htm

Really Sad this stuff is still going on in Beacon,,, And YES!! STEVE GOLD was there for the laws against TATTOOING!!!
Comment by Amy Brosey on August 30, 2010 at 8:57pm
Does anyone know if the public forum will be shown on the local public-access channel? I was not able to attend, but I would like to see what was said there.
Comment by Fred Bobrow on August 29, 2010 at 2:43am
Dear Friends,

This is Fred Bobrow from The Retro Arcade Museum. Please accept my most heartfelt thanks for your kindness and selfless, generous support. Words cannot express enough gratitude for your concern, and I apologize for not responding to each and every one of you individually.

This has been one of the most difficult times of my life, and I have had my share. To lose one's modest but successful livelihood, a calling realized, and the opportunity and joy of visiting with each of you, in the blink of an eye and with the stroke of a pen, is traumatizing. I honestly do not know if the museum can recover financially, and myself spiritually, from this situation.

Relocating outside of Beacon would simply be too expensive, and there are few other destinations that offer what Beacon has in terms of accessibility and variety. Although there is a new location temporarily secured within the city, I cannot proceed any further without some type of assurance, and a realistic timeline, from the local government. Had the museum been granted a temporary permit or stay of some type, there likely would not have been the hardship that has put the museum on the brink of failure that it now faces.

I have refrained from responding publicly to the city for the past few weeks in anticipation of positive progress on the part of the regulators, though I would have liked to have clarified and shared certain facts.

Now there is an opportunity to address this matter in a public forum -- and I respectfully request your support. There will be a public hearing about the fate of the Museum on Monday, August 30 at 7:00 PM at Beacon City Hall, One Municipal Center, Beacon, NY 12508 (http://www.cityofbeacon.org/ ). If you wish to voice your opinion, please attend. I will be there to voice mine and sincerely hope to see you. If you cannot attend, please email the city, in a civil tone, at the above website. For location information, you can call the city at 845-838-5000.

Sincerely,
Fred
www.retroarcademuseum.com
Comment by Jonathan on August 19, 2010 at 9:46am
"Next up for Mayor Steve and the city council: Anyone coasting on a bike, scooter, skateboard, tricycle, or in-line skates* on Beacon city streets or sidewalks. Here is the code and link:

191-8
No person shall use any sled or vehicle without a horse for the amusement of sleighing or riding downhill or coasting, in and upon any street or sidewalk in the City, without permission from the Mayor."

If you were riding your bike on the street before the code was put in place, you can be grandfathered in. That goes for all the building codes as well. At least thats what the city told us when we tried to complain about a junkyard operating in our neighborhood, violating numerous city codes and ordinances. I cant seem to find this grand-father clause in the actual body of the city code. But the owner of this shop is pretty good freinds with the city, and I often see city employees chatting with him. So if your doing something agianst the city code, and if you been doing it long enough, then you are grandfathered in. Dont call it cherry picking laws, call it what it is.... grandfathering...


Motor vehicle repair shops, body shops and detail shops; gasoline filling stations.

Editor's Note: See also § 191-13, Repair or lubrication of motor vehicles.[Added 10-21-2002 by L.L. No. 28-2002]A. In any district where permitted, gasoline filling stations, motor vehicle repair shops, motor vehicle body shops, and motor vehicle detail shops shall be subject to the following regulations:

(1) The area for use by motor vehicles (as the term "motor vehicle" is defined in § 209-2), except access drives thereto, as well as any structures, shall not encroach on any required yard area.
(2) No fuel pump shall be located closer than 15 feet to any side lot line or any street line, measured from the outside edge of the fuel island.
(3) All repair work which renders the motor vehicle inoperative for more than 24 hours shall be done within a completely enclosed building. No more than three unregistered motor vehicles may be parked unscreened on the property while under active repair. The parking of any unregistered motor vehicle is limited to the time the motor vehicle is actively under repair, not to exceed eight weeks, with the following exception: up to a grand total of six unregistered motor vehicles, which includes both screened and unscreened motor vehicles, may be parked on the property if properly screened from view from any street or public way in a manner approved by the City. The term "properly screened" shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, screening with solid or in-filled fencing with neutral colors and/or shrubbery and trees.(4) Each gasoline filling station site shall be designated so as to provide for the maximum safety of motor vehicles entering and exiting the site, for the free flow of traffic and the avoidance of congestion on the adjoining street system and for the safe circulation of pedestrians along all portions of the site's street frontage. The City Council, as a condition of the issuance of a special use permit, may require the applicant to construct such pedestrian and traffic facilities or improvements immediately related to the site as, in its opinion, are necessary to satisfy these objectives.
(5) At least 10 off-street parking spaces shall be provided for each gasoline filling station, but in no case shall the number of such spaces be fewer than three for each service station bay.
B. Within an LB Local Business or CB Central Business District, gasoline filling stations shall comply with the following additional standards and requirements:

(1) The site for each gasoline filling station shall have a street frontage of at least 100 feet and an area of at least 10,000 square feet.
(2) No new gasoline filling station shall be permitted to locate within 750 feet of any portion of an existing gasoline filling station.
(3) Along all property boundaries adjoining streets, a continuous landscaped area shall be maintained, except where interrupted by permitted access drives. The City Council may, in approving the issuance of a special use permit, require such other additional landscaping and screening as set forth above as, in its opinion, may be necessary or appropriate for the proper development of the particular site.
Comment by Fran on August 19, 2010 at 9:44am
Though I am not a big supporter of the City Council as it exists at this time, (sorry Steve), I would like to state my support of having the Arcade back on Main Street. Though I do not think a new law should be voted on where it is so narrowly constructed. When a law is constructed only to serve the need of ONE business, you automatically put restrictions on any new business who would also like to have an Arcade. I don't believe that is fair. Narrowly constructing a new law which solves the need of only one person does not serve any future business similar in nature well. Let's be fair to all Steve. Don't restrict to vintage machines only. As another poster commented, 10 years from now there will be more "vintage" games and then what, construct a new law? If you are going to do it make sure you keep the options open as to what it allows.
In response to the person who complained about drug dealers on their corner, allow me to speak up in support of the Mayor here (surprised Steve?). First of all as a member of a community watch program I do have some insight on this issue. Steve Gold, nor the City Council are the people you should be complaining to. You first need to pick up the phone and call the Police. Now understand, the police department is governed by many legal issues when handling complaints of drug activity which they MUST follow. You may think they are doing nothing, but in fact they first must build a case that is good enough for the Dutchess County Drug Task Force to agree to handle. It is then turned over to them for action. It is the Dutchess County Drug Task Force who then investigate, perhaps put undercover officers in the area, and they then have to build enough of a case to get a District Attorney to then authorize search warrants, etc. They have been active in Beacon for a while on various complaints, and in fact have had two recent drug raids and some arrests. It's not a matter that police are ignoring you if you call and complain of drug activity. You need to give them the time to investigate a matter and make a case. There are laws governing when a person can be searched and arrested and it is not something the Mayor himself can do. So, though I do not approve of "some" of the Mayor's actions, drug activity is not something he himself should be faulted about. He has faith that the police department will do their jobs correctly and according to laws governing their activity.

But you need to pick up the phone first and make the complaint to the police department or you can just complain about it here and not do anything.
Comment by Anthony Rosa on August 19, 2010 at 8:21am
I realize it took the arcade a long time to open, but was this part of the issue prior to opening the doors for business? Did this ordinance only come up when they heard the pinging of a pinball machine? Can you sound proof a room enough so that this is no longer a problem? Sorry to see another business going out. I'm sure the drug dealers are happy.
Comment by Henry on August 18, 2010 at 12:06pm
Willie...it took me probably as long as it did for you to construct your well crafted post below. I'll reserve my response re: the dog request. It's just too easy.
Comment by TC on August 18, 2010 at 8:55am
Sorry, but something about how this played out stinks. I know I don't have many, if any, facts but here is what I've observed.

Vintage arcade closed due to vintage law banning arcades. Mayor says anti-arcade law was used in reaction to noise complaints. Really? Well why not use existing laws against noise violations then?

National attention brings local players into the fray. Mayor complains about misrepresentation of the case and the time-line required to change laws, and claims to truly support this business. Meanwhile Retro Arcade is emptied and For Rent signs go up. The mayor says many efforts were made to keep the business running, but who brought up the idea to use the anti-pinball law?

Today we see that there will be a public hearing that will "allow by special permit amusement centers that contain only vintage arcade devices built prior to 1980." If the sentiment is that an anti-arcade law is arcane, then why craft a new law that only allows games built before 1980? What happens in 10 years when games before 1990 are considered vintage? This "new law" sounds like a band-aid to make this one specific incident go away. Or are we now suggesting that a modern arcade is not appropriate for Beacon?

I noticed 3 Main Street businesses shuttered in just the last few weeks. Biased reporting or not I don't think Beacon should be struggling to keep laws narrowing the development of any kind of arcade, but I guess the temptation to micromanage the future of Main Street is too great.

If you thought the TOD development was handled poorly, these guys can't even deal with a noise violation without screwing it up so badly they're backpedaling on CNN.
Comment by Bubba's Hot Boiled Peanuts Inc. on August 18, 2010 at 7:55am
UPDATE!!! Beacon to hold public hearing on arcade law

BEACON: A public hearing on a local law to allow arcades on Main Street will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 30.

The problem surfaced because of noise complaints against Fred Bobrow’s Retro Arcade Museum, said Mayor Steve Gold. The city’s current zoning does not allow amusement centers on Main Street.

If approved, the new law will allow by special permit amusement centers that contain only vintage arcade devices built prior to 1980. For information, call 845-838-5000.

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20100818/NEWS01/10081702...
Comment by Henry on August 17, 2010 at 8:35pm
Steve...why isn't the law that Doug sites below not enforced? Why is the city cherry picking laws to be enforced? Is there something more to the reason for enforcing the pinball law that the citizens aren't aware of?

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