2001-04-21 / Columnists

On the Beach

On the Beach

By Beverly Baxter

LIVE FROM ROCKAWAY BEACH?!

If members of the chamber of commerce, along with Steven Good, have their way, Rockaway may not be forgotten for very long! NBC producers of the Today Show have contacted the chamber and are in negotiations to tape footage and broadcast live from Rockaway. There's more to come on the matter so stay tuned.

Local Belle Harbor Attorney John Macron will officially announce his
campaign for the City Council election at a cocktail reception in his honor this Friday night, April 20 at the Yacht Club. All are warmly invited to meet this very viable candidate. Mr. Macron has long been involved in politics and public service. He was the Queens County Chairman of Senator John McCain's Presidential campaign and was a Republican delegate at the convention. He and his wife have resided here for a number of years and have deep roots in the community. The Macron's have three children at P.S. 114. Join them and discuss your concerns with this most serious Republican contender.

Rumor has it that the lot on the corner of B. 115 Street and Rockaway
Beach Blvd. may have been sold. Future plans for the site include an office building with a parking garage on the street level. Although it will most likely be private parking for tenants of the complex, a parking garage is something that Rockaway so desperately needs. While it is so close to public transportation and the main town-seat of 116 Street, a multi-level parking garage would be a much-welcomed necessity in our community.

I was glad to read Stephen McCormack's and Tim and Bernadette Mahoney's letter to the community addressing the issue of their tenant, Golden Video. Let me just say, there was never a moment where I personally felt the McCormack's or the Mahoney's were culpable for the sordid inventory of their tenant. To imply that Stephen, Bernadette, or Tim had any prior knowledge or that they would in any way deliberately degrade a community where they have
so much invested and love so much, is so insulting at best to this fine
family. I believe their record and long hours of community service on behalf
of the community speaks volumes for their love of this town and their
intentions. I think that before we grab our pom-poms and take to the streets in protest, we should first consider whether the tenant is within the law and will comply with our demands for a more "sightly" window display. To my knowledge, the tenant has done so. Don't forget folks, this is going to be a hotly contested local election year. One way you win elections is to create and exploit fear and then tell you who's to blame for it. Before we pick-up our bull-horns and let off steam, we should listen to a more measured and productive approach. Yes, Lew Simon is great at galvanizing groups of people to come out and take to the streets; but even that kind of contagious enthusiasm eventually diminishes. If Golden Video is within the law, and this community will certainly make sure that they are, then the only way to "put them out" of business is to not frequent their store. Outrage is good, and there is always a need for protest when the situation warrants it; but to blame a particular landlord who has such a clear and proven commitment to the community is not only insulting. It's unfair.

April 23 is a special day to two special ladies. Happy Birthday wishes
to Anne McKeon and Mary Bright! And I extend my get-well wishes to John Murphy who sustained a serious car accident last week while driving from Brooklyn toward Rockaway. Thankfully, and in time, John will be alright and able to participate in our always exciting parade committee meetings!
See you....on the beach!


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