July: Ferry Flourishes, Sand On The Way
Fourth of July barbecues, music and movies on the beach. Some things were like old times. The ferry service that was first launched because the A Line was knocked out of service sees ridership increase even after the subway line comes back. New places like Uma’s, The Playland Motel, and Sayra’s wine bar and beer garden make Rockaway Beach a hot destination for DFDs and locals alike. Some locals decided to Pay It Forward and raised money and collected supplies for victims of a tornado in Oklahoma. The Wounded Warriors came for their annual visit and were greeted by large crowds. The City issued an RFP (Request for Proposals) for the new boardwalk design. New York State, through its Community Rising program, pledged some $60 million for Rockaway resilience projects to be chosen by residents. The Friends of Rockaway Beach held a forum for candidates running for citywide elections. Anthony Weiner’s presence drew a horde of media types. Bill de Blasio was a no-show. The Army Corps said it would be a couple of more weeks before sand pumping could begin as they waited for a dredging pipe to be towed from the Carolinas. Stages of recovery varied. Some houses remained boarded up while others were beautifully renovated.