1999-11-13 / Editorial/Opinion

In The Year 2012

New York City politicians, activists and company executives are lobbying the Olympics to bring the summer games to the Big Apple in the year 2012. That might seem far off, but for New York to land such an economic win, the efforts are never too early.

We want to help city officials with planning, plus not to leave Rockaway out, so we came up with a few recommendations . Keep the games in Queens, using Shea stadium and the tennis stadium next door. When the new stadium is built for the Mets, don't demolish the old Shea, so that would give the Olympics three stadiums to host events.

Since the Jets are thinking about moving back to New York, how about building a stadium in Rockaway. That would be one more stadium for the Olympics to consider, as well as bring an economic boom to our community before 2012.

Being right off the water, Rockaway would be appropriate for any water sporting events the Olympics' hold. Maybe, Rockaway could even host the Olympic Village. With Rockaway's available land, it would be prime for construction, and its natural beauty would welcome guests from all over the world.

Such plans for New York and Rockaway would require enhancing transportation. The Olympics would warrant the reactivation of the Rockaway LIRR line and ferry service. City officials should use these two means of transportation as a way to attract the Olympics by starting these projects in the near future.

Even if Rockaway weren't part of the Olympic games, just the surge in tourists would require a need to improve transportation, services and the general outlook of Rockaway. Many tourists would visit Rockaway for our beaches, parks and just to see what outside the "Big City" looks like. This would generate top dollars for our local businesses, pumping money into Rockaway's economy like it hasn't seen in decades.

It is a long-term goal, but it is feasible if we join the efforts to bring the Olympics to New York. Our Chamber of Commerce, along with civic associations, should work hard on marketing Rockaway to city officials and the Olympics.

Hey! You might call it a dream…but Walt Disney had one too!

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