Stop Coney Island BID: Business owners protest bid that includes monthly fee

Some merchants on Mermaid Avenue are petitioning to escape a BID proposal aimed at helping boost local businesses in Coney Island.
White and red stickers placed on the front doors of some stores read Stop Coney Island BID.
The businesses are protesting a proposed business improvement district that will fund supplemental services for the avenue -- for a $50 a month fee.
The proposed BID would include sidewalk and street cleanup, new signs, holiday lights and organized store promotions.
But most of the small business owners feel the BID would really help Surf Avenue and the amusement park area more.
Organizers of the proposed BID, the Alliance for Coney Island, believe that the proposal will boost business on the avenue by attracting more people.
With the BID still in the drafting proposal stage, nothing can be voted on just yet.