2000-01-15 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter

Wish list for Rockaway Y2K:

It seems that one always feels more compelled at the beginning of a new
year to tie up loose ends, set new goals, and attempt new personal challenges. I'd like to see the continuation of our collective goals as a

To this extent, my "wish list" is as follows: I'd like to see the
boardwalk work done to completion! The attempt to repair the boards in
Rockaway Park proper around the commercial seat was done well; however, we have many more miles to go!
Since our greatest attraction is our seascape, we need to continue the
efforts of beach replenishment and consider the implementation of rock
jetties. Congressman Weiner has been sensitive to our unique needs and has continued the efforts of his predessessor, Chuck Schumer; however, still more lobbying needs to be done by other coastal communities all along the south shore, from Montauk to Coney Island, for rock jetties in order for any coastal plan to be effective. According to the experts, rock jetties, along with beach replenishment, and dunes, all along the entire coast, are the only sure means of a secure coast line. We are very fortunate to have people like Ingrid Ain, president of Adopt -A-Dune, and Liz Sulik who have worked extensively on our behalf. You know what amazes me? There are still people
who actually think that this is a beachfront issue! That it merely concerns the few who live directly on the ocean! The fact is that we all live on
the ocean. Some may have a "front row" seat; but we are all impacted by what happens to our coast. I thank Ingrid and Martin Ain, Liz Sulik, and Emil Lucev for introducing me to the American Coastal Commission, and their lobbying efforts in continuing to keep this issue alive.

Next on the list is ferry service. We've been discussing this necessary
option for much too long! I know that there have been people like, Gerald
Rennerts, Lou Caucig, Joe Hartigan, who have been working on bringing ferry service back to Rockaway. We need to continue these efforts. New York Waterways might be interested. I don't know if anyone has spoken to their representatives or to Arthur Imperartore himself. But it's worth looking into. If I can be of help with New York Waterways, then let me know. We have a unique seaside community. It has come a long way over the years due to the efforts of many individuals and organizations.

We need to support the cultural work and contributions of organizations like the Rockaway Music and Arts Council, Rockaway Artists Alliance, Rockaway Theatre Company, the garden clubs, the Rockaway Saint Patrick's Day Parade and Cultural Committee, and other cultural groups that enhance, beautify, and contribute to our awareness of who we are as a community, as well as
contribute to our quality of life. Our continued support of these organizations will further Mary Leahy's proclamation that "together, we can make a difference!"

***T'is that time of year again! The annual Hearts and Shamrocks will be held Sunday, January 23 at Saint Camillus in the Sprigman Hall. Martin Quinn and Frank Keegan will perform. If you'd like to attend, contact Micahel Benn, president, Owen Baxter, vice president, or John Brennan, dance chairman, for this wonderful event. All honorees in our parade 2000 will be introduced! Come out and celebrate them!

***Is it any wonder that Mayor Giuliani is 9 percent points ahead in the polls. It seems that Mrs. Clinton, running as a Democrat, has not been successful in her ability to garner the women vote, who usually vote Democrat; nor has she been able to secure the Jewish vote for her inability to take a stand on Israel. Although I like Mrs. Clinton, I think that she should not have entered into this race. She could have been appointed to lead the IMF or to any appointment she would have desired. There are some pundits who believe she is running because she would like to run for, and make history as the first woman president of the United States; while others believe she is running simple to avoid indictment. She is certainly a very brilliant and capable person; but without the women's vote and the Jewish vote, she will not be able to win.

***If I were a Democrat, I would consider voting for Bill Bradley. He seems to have much in the way of character currency!

See you On the Beach!



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