January–A New Year Resolution: Return to Normalcy
Most people were quite happy about putting 2012 in the books. The first sign that residents were intent on getting things back to normal in the New Year was seen along the beaches as hundreds took part in various New Year’s Day ocean splashes. Hundreds of people took part in the “Walk A Mile in Our Shoes” march to draw national attention to the ongoing plight of those suffering in Rockaway. The Sandy Relief Aid package was being stalled in Congress. St. Francis de Sales reopened after spending almost three months at various Brooklyn schools. Rapid Repairs, the mayor’s initiative to have contractors spread out and repair heat, electrical and hot water systems continued to help homeowners. The reviews were mixed but the effort was there. At its peak, 2000 workers were repairing 200 homes a day. The Parks Department revealed that a full boardwalk would not be built for the summer of 2013 and that “islands” would be constructed so that concessions could open. It was announced that “modular” units would be used as comfort and lifeguard stations. It would be a couple more months before those units would become so controversial. FEMA released its first Advisory Flood Maps – with few people realizing just what had been unleashed.