1999-09-25 / Editorial/Opinion

Stuck With Doppler?

Once again Rockaway got stuck with something it doesn’t want.

The FAA announced earlier in the week that the Doppler radar tower would be coming to Floyd Bennett Field, after the White House brokered an agreement between the Department of Interior and FAA. The agreement gives the Department of Interior more money for improvements and allows them to remove the Doppler after 20 years. The FAA expects the construction to take about two years, but aviation experts are saying that radar equipment inside planes could be available by then and the tower might not even be needed. Why go ahead with the project if this is true?

Senator Schumer, our former congressman, seems to be of little help. He says he "supports" the lawsuit being filed to appeal the FAA plan, but that is where it stops. A spokesperson for his office couldn’t explain why former Senator D’Amato had the "clout" to prevent Doppler from being constructed in a Long Island community, but Senator Schumer, a Democrat with ties to the White House, couldn’t pull off such a task here. One wonders if Schumer being in higher office will ever benefit Rockaway?

Congressman Weiner, who has been in the forefront of the fight to prevent Doppler from being placed on Gateway property, is leading the group that is attempting to get an injunction against construction of Doppler. Locals should join with Weiner and do what ever necessary to tell the powers that be that we don’t want Doppler.

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