2000-03-25 / Letters

Keep Our Streets Clean

Dear Editor;

Spring is on the way (yes, I know it snowed on St. Patty's day, but it
is coming), and I think there are many Rockaway Beach residents who need a major wake up call. This is it. Ring Ring Ring!!! Wake up!!... Calling all piglets who walk their dogs without picking up after them. Pick up after your dog! You piglets make it difficult for everyone. I took a stroll on the beach days ago and the darn thing was like a dog-poop minefield. C'mon!! We have to put our blankets and towels and Feet down on that sand in a few weeks! Too much emphasis is placed on dogs (most of whom are well behaved) being off the leash, and not enough emphasis is placed on the piglets who have dogs on the leash but don't pick up after them.

And if you don't mind, while I'm on my soapbox here, can we see much more emphasis placed on ticketing day tripping and resident beach users who litter? I'd rather deal with an illegally parked car than our streets paved with garbage. Just once I'd like to be able to walk down to Beach 116 street on any nice day without being assaulted by the filth, garbage, beer
cans and bottles, cigarette boxes, newspapers and junk that is tossed with impunity everywhere. I have seen people drop their trash right in front of police officers standing around on the 116 street boardwalk, who totally ignore the infraction. Would you guys mind cutting me a break like that when I park in a "No Parking" zone for 90 seconds? How about the 100 Precinct adopting a no tolerance policy on litterers?

Unfortunately, in spite of being one of the most prime pieces of real
estate in the country, Rockaway Beach appears to be one of the few beachfront slums outside of the third world. C'mon people! This is our home. Can we all please spell "pride"?
Now, I can simplify this for everyone in four easy steps:

  1. Pock up after your dog.
  2. Throw away your trash (and yes, cigarette butts are trash!)
  3. Don’t pretend you don't notice when someone litters on your beach or someone doesn't clean up after his or her pooch. Say something!
  4. See numbers 1 to 3.

S. ASH MILLS

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