2000-06-17 / Columnists

On The Beach...by Beverly Baxter

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter

Is it any wonder why enthusiastic beach-goers go to other beaches?

In its press release in The Wave dated June 3, Gateway National Parks boasts of new renovation projects to the recreation area, as well as exciting cultural programs planned for this summer season. There have been improvements made to the parking lots, better lighting, and landscaping initiatives have been implemented to beautify the seascape. Changes have been made to the barbecuing and picnic areas as well as new playgrounds for the children. In addition, there will be a performing arts workshop offered by the Rockaway Artists Alliance and the Rockaway Theatre Company. Courses in movement, mime, stage design, performing, and visual arts production are just some of the creative courses being offered. The six-week workshop will finish with an outdoor performance on the grounds at Fort Tilden.

The Artists Alliance is now entertaining us with outdoor movies in a lovely beach setting. Where else can one watch a first rate movie amidst the stars in the sky and the sea air? This is really great. We live in a place that is so natural and where creative energy can flourish. It's been a long time coming that renovations were made to the park. It's all sooo great! And it's about time!

However, the answer to the question, why then do beach-goers choose to go elsewhere can be found on the front page of the very same issue… "We're Beached! No Lifeguards=No Swimming" = No Beach-goers=No Revenue....It's beyond me how we can come such a long way and make such productive strides and then have our biggest attraction, our miles of beaches, not be utilized because the Parks Department can't find enough lifeguards to protect our beaches. It's seems absolutely ludicrous! After all, there has been so much effort made by individuals and organizations, and funding for these important projects, and the Parks Department can't get sufficient help to man the beaches! What a shame! Only the Piping Plovers will be here to play!

***Have you noticed? There has been so much beauty blossoming around town! The garden clubs have done such an impressive job with the malls on Beach Channel drive and on Beach 116 Street! The flowering shrubbery just belongs there! It's just so nice to look at!

***If you ever want to dine out in a really pleasant restaurant, then you
must frequent the Snug Harbor. The quality of the food, service, and setting are perhaps the best on the beach! The Gallaghers make everyone feel at home, and Tricie Lavin is one of the loveliest waitresses!

***Owen Baxter, the renowned Cavan Thrush, has a new website that features his latest CD, "Celtic Country Rock." You can visit the site at

www.owenbaxter.itgo.com. You can also find Owen's CD at Amazon.com, CDNOW.com, and TheOrchard.com. The CD features many new originals, including the popular "Peace At Last," an enthusiastic song about the Irish peace process, as well as other favorites that you can listen to online.

See you On The Beach…


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