2000-05-20 / Letters

It’s All Reality!

Dear Editor;

I am writing to reply to Paul King’s letter to the editor in your May 13, 2000 issue claiming that I am imagining that there is a dispute about the boundaries of Belle Harbor.

  1. I am not imagining that the Parks Department initially approved the signs at the beach entrances and installed the signs at Beach 126, 127 and 141 streets. Anyone can go and see them.
  2. I am not imagining that Parks refuses to install the balance of the signs from Beach 128 to Beach 140 street. Anyone can see that they aren’t there. When the uninstalled signs were returned to me, I was advised that Parks would not go forward because of the objection of Jack King (Paul King’s father) of the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association.
  3. In am not imagining that the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association excludes homeowners who live east of Beach 130 street. Anyone east of Beach 130 street can call Jack King and be refused membership even though his or her deed says Belle Harbor.
  4. I am not imagining that the historical boundaries of Belle Harbor are from Beach 124 street and Jamaica Bay south to Rockaway Beach boulevard, west to Beach 126, south to the beach, west to Beach 141 street and then north to Jamaica Bay. Anyone can look at Emil Lucev’s report and its maps, official records and photos and know that the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association is excluding homeowners whose deeds say Belle Harbor and who definitely live in Belle Harbor.
  5. I am not imagining that having a Belle Harbor address adds prestige and value to a homeowner’s property. If you assume the average home is worth $300,000 and the value of a Belle Harbor address is a five percent premium, then Jack King and his Flat Earth Society’s arbitrary actions cost each Belle Harbor homeowner east of Beach 130 street $15,000. If you assume the average home is $400,000 and the value of a Belle Harbor address is a 10 percent premium, then the Flat Earth Society "tax" is $40,000 per homeowner.

Having said all of that, I’d like to share what I have indeed imagined. I imagined that Paul Ling would know that his father opposed installation of the remaining signs from Beach 128 to 140 streets. I imagined that Paul King would know that his father’s group excludes homeowners east of Beach 130 street. I imagined that Paul King would know that there is a dispute about the boundaries of Belle Harbor. I even went so far as to imagine that Jack King would himself address the actual issues that:

  1. his group excludes homeowners who have deeds that say Belle Harbor, and
  2. his group is blocking the Parks Department from installing the remaining signs at the beach entrances from Beach 128 to 140 streets.

I will be circulating petitions shortly to demand that Parks install the remaining signs from Beach 128 to Beach 140 streets. I wouldn’t need to do this if Jack King would call Parks and tell them that he read his son’s letter to the editor, found out there isn’t any dispute about the boundaries of Belle Harbor, and has no opposition to the installation of the remaining signs. Well, there I go again, imagining things.

HOWIE SIROTA


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