2001-08-11 / Letters

The Best Laid Plans

The Best Laid Plans

Community leaders in Rockaway Beach are battling a plan that would allow the parking of 2,500 cars in Riis Park. I wonder if anyone of the elected officials has seen the plan, and who is the contract between. The ownership of that area is in dispute for more than 67 years. Records going back to 1934 shows that New York City Parks Commissioner Robert Moses assigned the area north of Rockaway Beach Boulevard to the Marine Parkway Authority, and the Marine Park Authority built the Jacob Riis parking lot and the Marine Park bridge. Then it was assigned to the New York City Authority, then to the Triboro Bridge and Tunnel Authority, And finally the Metropolitan Transportation Authority became the parent agency of the Triboro Bridge and Tunnel Authority which according to record are the owners of the area in question. Since this is a local issue the focus should be on the Community Board and the City Council. Just because the Gateway Recreation has given the plan thumbs down don’t mean it’s a dead issue. They never had Jurisdiction in the first place. So much for that. What about the sewer coming along side the Marine Park Bridge from Brooklyn into Rockaway? According to reports the project is being held up because the contractor hit rock in the bay and that wasn’t part of his contract. He is in court battling it out with the planners. Local officials have an obligation to provide the community with all the facts on both projects. Plenty more to come on this one. This reminds me of the time the fox came into the yard back on the farm in Ireland. That fox had everyone in the family running after her with brooms while her young was cleaning out the hen house.

JOHN BAXTER


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