Community Hopes for Re-Berth of Beloved Portside Restaurant – as featured in the Long Beach Post

Berth 55 Fish Market and Seafood Deli has been in business for the past 20 years. Now, the family business is being asked to vacate to make room for a new firehouse and fireboat. Since 2008, the local eatery has been operating on a month-to-month lease. In May 2012, the business was given notice by the Port that they had 180 days to leave.

The departure of this local staple is another sign of the times. Over the past ten years, the fishing community in Long Beach has declined. However, Lawrence Maehara, owner of Berth 55 states that port authorities may want to limit public access to the port – all effects of a post 9/11 era.

“The port doesn’t have an overall plan to eliminate public access to the port. Quite the contrary, we try to facilitate access where possible, while enhancing the safety and security operations at the port. For example, the new replacement to the Gerald Desmond Bride is going to include a 12 ft. wide pedestrian and bikeway where people will be able to ride and walk all the way to the top of the bridge”, stated Lee Peterson, media relations at the Port of Long Beach.

For more details, read the entire Long Beach Post article. Joseph Lapin reports, 8/27/2012.

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