Compared to the March and April meetings of Community Board 9, which featured raucous debates over the future of Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the mitigation of toxic chemicals at an Ozone Park industrial site, Tuesday’s meeting of CB 9 at Maple Grove Cemetery seemed serene.
The meeting’s most action-packed moment came over renewing the beer and wine license for a Woodhaven bar whose owners made an error on the establishment’s application and failed to respond to CB 9’s request to fix it.
The address on Tropical Restaurant’s license application is one number off, identifying its location as 88-18 Jamaica Ave. when the bar is actually located at 88-19 Jamaica Ave.
Two Woodhaven members of CB 9, Maria Thomson and Etienne David Adorno, attempted to salvage the application.
“I can vouch for the owners; this is just a simple mistake,” Adorno said, before suggesting a motion to table the license.
But CB 9 Chairman James Cocovillo said the board had to vote on the motion that came out of the Public Safety and Consumer Affairs Committee to deny the license renewal.
“Their license expires at the end of the month. They have had the opportunity to clear up the mistake and have not,” he said. “If we don’t vote on what we have here, we will be doing the public a disservice.”
The board later voted unanimously to deny the license on account of the mistake and the lack of response from the owners.
During the meeting, the board also discussed a number of other issues concerning the board including school overcrowding and the use of temporary trailers as classroom space at Richmond Hill High School and the possibility of bringing permanent mounted patrols to Forest Park. The NYPD had placed temporary mounted patrols on the park’s bridle paths after a woman was attacked while jogging on March 31.
CB 9 also welcomed two new members: Kenichi Wilson of Ozone Park and Jagir Singh of Richmond Hill.