August: Sand Arrives; Jamaica Bay Gets Spotlight
The summer after Sandy was in full swing when sand started getting pumped onto beaches. The sand was part of Phase 1 of an Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment plan. Baffle walls, trap bags, and now sand were in some places to offer more protection. Erosion or sand pumping caused red flags to appear on beaches, signaling areas were off limits. Mayoral candidates were in the mad scramble to win the primary in September. Anthony Weiner visited The Wave but his campaign was limping to the finish line after more scandalous news came out. People were still dealing with Sandy related issues yet some traditions rolled on like the Night Out Against Crime. Jamaica Bay, Rockaway’s often forgotten backyard, was suddenly getting great attention. At a news conference in Fort Tilden, the mayor was joined by the Secretary of HUD, the Secretary of Interior, board members of the Rockefeller Foundation, and others to announce a new Science and Resilience Center that would focus on the bay and its future. And at the same press conference, Bloomberg announced the formation of the Jamaica Bay and Rockaway Parks Conservancy that would be chaired by Bloomberg LP co-founder Tom Secunda. The mayor was paying more attention than ever, it seemed. He announced that the ferry, which came about because the A Line was knocked as a result of Sandy, would be extended to January 31st, 2014.