Community pride is a top priority for the members of the Rockaway Park Residents/Homeowners, Inc. Nothing is more noticeable than exteriors or residential and commercial properties in our community. Those of us who own our own homes often reinvest in renovating the exteriors. We also enhance the exterior beauty or our homes with plants and shrubs. We ask our merchants and commercial property owners to do the same.
On our short list of merchants and commercial property owners who could give the neighborhood a lift by giving their places of business a facelift are the Boulevard Cafe and those who own the eyesore strip of store along the bayfront and Beach Channel Drive: Flat Fix, the flower seller and others. We ask why they can’t clean up the junkyards and remove the tractor-trailer container.
For esthetics, the $.99 store that displays merchandise in the streets should move that merchandise inside and that menacing guard dog should be moved inside as well.
Sprucing up for the summer season should include an investment in flags and signs promoting our community. The chamber of commerce, our local politicians and merchant’s associations should all be involved in that effort.
Community pride seems lost on many or out business owners who yell the loudest. A little less talk and more action might revive a street that, with the addition of the pornography emporium is definitely on life support.