2002-06-01 / Editorial/Opinion

Rockaway’s Most Valuable Summer Asset

Rockaway's Most Valuable Summer Asset

We were reminded this weekend that there are many people who would rather that summer never happen. "Here come the hoards again," a long-time Rockaway resident watching the Memorial Day Parade told me. "Here comes the garbage, the beer bottles, the noise, the traffic, the noise, the crowding, the parking problems." We understand how that person and others like her feel about the "Down-For-The-Dayer's (not very lovingly called DFD's). The summer does bring problems to Rockaway. It also brings opportunities, however. Like it or not, Rockaway is a beachfront community and beaches are going to draw DFD's. In fact, if you have been following the news, you already know that courts from California to Connecticut have recently reaffirmed the belief that the nation's beaches belong to everyone. The summer months, if the weather behaves, allow Rockaway businesses to make that extra income that carries them through the less hectic winter months. It allows Rockaway residents to enjoy the best beaches in the world, often steps away from their front door. Think about what that would cost on the South Fork. Having the beach right next door also allows Rockaway residents to participate in lots of summer activities, such as the sand castle contest run by West End Realty each year, the kite flying contests, fireworks, long walks on the boardwalk. The best view of Manhattan from anywhere in the tri-state area. Fantastic sunsets. The boats lined up each night waiting to go into New York harbor. Bayfront restaurants such as The Wharf and Pier 92. Think about all of those things. To our mind, they outweigh the aggravation brought on by a few unthinking DFD's. Think about the great things that living in Rockaway means to you all year long.

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