Residents in Sheepshead Bay have been opposing a mosque that is going to be built on 2812 Voorhies Avenue. The mosque plans to build as-of-right meaning they will build within zoning and not apply for any special variances.
Opposing Residents have been doing a few things to get their message across. First, they attended a plumb beach civic meeting where racist undertones were very apparent. Then there was an anonymous fliers circulating headlining “Say no to mosque at 2812 Voorhies Avenue.â€ It basically states there are quality of life issues such as parking, traffic and noise. It goes on to state that the mosque has a goal of establishing an Islamic state in America, has a troubling history of associations with radical organizations and individuals that promote terrorism, anti-Semitism and rejects Israelâ€™s right to exist.
Which brings us to last nights CB 15 meeting.
It was very obvious, from what would of been the scheduled start, that this was going to be an extraordinary meeting. Kingsborough’s hallways were packed. The normal meeting room which can hold 50-75 people was far too small. Kingsbrough was kind enough to move everyone upstairs to be able to accommodate everyone. Well over 250 people were in attendance. Most were in support of the mosque.
Although the mosque was not on the regular meeting agenda,Â CB 15 expedited their normal meeting, to allow time for people to speak. The normal meeting consisted of quickly voted to approve special permits for Baku Palace to operate without restrictions and allow dancing on the second floor. They also voted to allow enlargements for two homes in Manhattan Beach 230 Amherst Street and 28 Falmouth Street.
When it came time for the public session, where everyone can speak.Â Very few spoke and those that didÂ there were no “fireworks” or “gotcha” moments just mostly rational people speaking their mind. AÂ few speakers decided to speak in support of the mosque, one person who spoke out against the mosque and one guy who made no sense at all (turns out he’s running for some office). As usual, Theresa Scavo does an excellent job at keeping the meeting moving and keeping the crowd civil. Her classic “Excuse Me!” keeps everyone civil.
There was nothing really to report other than this was a show of force. A lot of people who may or may not be from the area in question supporting the mosque.
There are a few notes that people should be aware of if they ever have an issue to bring to CB 15. It seems as though CB 15 has this holier than thou attitude. Some members take great offense and openly mock people that come in because it’s their first ever meeting. Yes, these people don’t know how the meeting works, yes these people need something from CB 15 and you wont seem them again, but who cares, just stop being cynical and exclusive and be more friendly and inclusive.