2001-07-07 / Letters

A Rockaway Resort

A Rockaway Resort

Dear Editor,

The view from above the high-riser on Shore Front Parkway is a scenic delight. Highly visible is the wide expanse of ocean water, the endless clear blue sky, stretches of sandy beach and a boardwalk, which clearly indicates the signs of a resort.

During the days of summer, the trains, bus, and cars all empty their passengers who revel in the pleasures of one of the best ocean waters in the world. This in itself is a plus for the Rockaways. But, there is something missing, summer is only one of the four seasons. What remains after the beach becomes isolated? What is left to attract the public for the balance of the year?

The media indicates that our neighbor, Coney Island, has been recognized as a major people attraction where money has poured in to keep it alive and well. The Rockaway Peninsula has not been that fortunate.

Community development and research embracing recreational needs for the Rockaways has not been successful. Why not? Who is responsible for this non-response and non-caring? The Rockaways have available acres of choice oceanfront property which should have been utilized to its best advantage benefiting the Rockaways. For more than 30 years this empty land continued to remain empty – Why? Empty promises by our political representatives remain just empty promises.

Our population exceeds 100,000 and continues to grow. There are multiple voters in this group. We are in a position to vote out those representatives who have served no positive purpose to enhance the Rockaway Peninsula.

The answer is no longer an influx of city housing projects, health related facilities and medical mills, which continue to flourish.

I am quite sure that there are many healthy residents among the Rockaway population.

People have power. Years ago, the residents of Rockaway were subjected to paying an unreasonable double subway fare. They revolted, came out in full force and protested. They won.

Today, with good leadership and full community support, Rockaway would become a desirable resort.

MILDRED SCHULMAN


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