February–Clean Up Continues: Future Takes Shape
The Army Corps of Engineers came before the Community Board and said “this time it’s different.” This time, they said, Rockaway would get the money and therefore the protection it needs. Homeowners continued to fight red tape with insurance companies, FEMA, and the Department of Buildings. The mountains of rubble from burned buildings on Rockaway Beach Boulevard are cleared. Mayor Bloomberg announced the city would be getting $1.77 billion in the first round of Sandy Relief – most of which will be used for housing recovery. Donovan Richards won a Special Election and became City Councilman in District 32. It is announced that a geodesic Dome, similar to one at PS1 MoMA in Long Island City will be erected in the parking lot at Beach 94th Street. The Dome will become a hugely popular community meeting and use space. Waldbaum’s reopened and Madelaine Chocolate got a $250,000 grant from National Grid to help it reopen. The A train is still out of service. The ferry starts to draw more riders.