2000-07-15 / Columnists

On The Beach…

By Beverly Baxter

My column this week will consist of a little bit of this and a little
bit of that! This summer season has been a time for personal excursions, time with family and friends, and the enjoyment of the simple beauty that
surrounds us. It hasn't been a very exciting news or gossip cycle. I suppose that's good. It depends on where your interests lye and what one wants to see and hear!

***In defense of the "baby boomers" and last week's letter to the editor, let
me just say, you may feel that all of the fundraising efforts to raise
thousands of dollars only to blow it up in a matter of minutes in the sky is a display of collossal frivolity; however, the 100 Precinct Community
Council's National Night Out Against Crime fireworks display is an important public relations event for the community. If you were a business owner along the strip on Beach 116 street, you would very much appreciate the efforts of this organization and its leadership. The event brings thousands of people to our boardwalk to watch the display. And they go to the boardwalk by walking along 116 street! The annual "night out" has become a Rockaway tradition bringing thousands of people, and their money, to our town. Some may feel it's a gross display of extravagance; however I'm sure the local merchants
who stay open late that night for business would fail to agree.

***Which brings me back to the "festival" on the boardwalk. There are green banners hanging from light poles all along Beach 116 street that were put up by our New York City Parks Department that advertise and direct people from Beach 116 Street to shop the "festival" on the boardwalk! Mon Dieu! If I owned a business on 116 street, I would be in a state of fury! These signs are a direct slap in the purse to businesses like BBC, the dollar stores, the Fashion Wave, Clothesliner, Gift is Love, Rogoffs: and even to some extent, the hardware stores. Common sense must had taken a vacation during the decision process to grant these permits...and the permits should
be revoked. It seems that Community Planning Board 14, its leader, and our district manager are culpable for not rejecting the request. Why is there no protest? Lew Simon, and your bullhorn, where are you?

***I'd like to mention certain people who have done so much good on behalf of the community. One is a relentless savvy civic leader, the other is a tireless fundraiser who conceived of the idea to host the 100 Precinct
Community Council's National Night Out Against Crime fireworks display, the other has become a lobbyist on coastal protection, and the other is a classy dresser. Their names? Liz Sulik! I applaud and congratulate her election as president of the Chamber of Commerce!

***I'd like to publicly welcome my friend James Conway Sullivan to The Wave family. Jimmy's insight, knowledge, and articulate wit will enhance the paper and give so much to our Irish readership.

*** See you On The Beach!

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