Senator urges Quiksilver Pro N.Y to return
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“That’s the guarantee we would give them: Things would be done differently,” Torres said. “We just haven’t gotten a definitive answer at this point. But we want to make sure everyone comes out a winner here.”
Quiksilver representatives did not return calls for comment.
Councilman Mike Fagen said that while the Quiksilver contest was “dynamite,” the council is looking to attract comparable events to Long Beach that could generate revenue and create a similar sense of pride in the community.
“[Quiksilver] established Long Beach as a terrific partner for special events and for what I think is investment,” Fagen said. “Fran [Adelson] and I and Len and Scott [Mandel] all discussed a number of other options that go toward stimulating the business and economic development in town. We’re already talking about other options. There are certain other events that may come here.”
Torres echoed those sentiments, and said that the event left an indelible mark in the community. “We’re looking to bring in other venues, other companies, other programs,” he said. “But Quiksilver is one that’s made for Long Beach, a surf and beach community.”
Anthony Rifilato contributed to this story.