September: Summer After Sandy In The Books
It was the end of the summer with no boardwalk. That’s the only time that it could be said in more than a hundred years. A new design team was selected for the new boardwalk. The previous design team which had produced the very controversial lifeguard and comfort stations was passed over delighting many residents. Bill de Blasio won the Democratic primary; Joe Lhota, the Republican. Tribute Park at Beach 116th Street on the bay was reopened for its annual 9/ 11 Memorial. The spot was made more beautiful than ever through the efforts of locals and Parks. A huge Stop FEMA Now rally was held in Broad Channel. In an effort to call attention to the dangers of crushing flood insurance premiums, more than a thousand people from all peninsula communities turned out. Groups were meeting to come up with ideas about how to spend State money in the Rising Community program and more money would be coming via the Game Changer Competition in which $18 million is to be spent to spur economic growth in Rockaway. Whales were spotted throughout late September. Breezy Point started installing double dunes and slowly but surely some new houses started going up in the burned out area. The same was happening in Belle Harbor. All the new homes were reflecting the new building codes with first floor living spaces high above their previous levels. Some houses were installing elevators.