2002-12-07 / Letters

Wave Still The Same

Wave Still The Same

Dear Editor;

I see in last week's Rockaway Wave that you are complaining that planes are still flying over Belle Harbor even though the FAA promised to stop them. I agree with you that the planes from the runway Flt. 587 took off from could fly "over water." They could fly the "Bridge Climb" between the Rockaway Peninsula and Brooklyn and avoid flying over Belle Harbor.

However, Belle Harbor gets very little plane noise compared with other Rockaway communities. If you look at a JFK Airport "noise map" you will see that Belle Harbor is a FAA "protected area." If Belle Harbor could stop the planes from the Flt. 587 overflight route why shouldn't it take some plane noise from planes that depart over densely-populated poor and minority Rockaway Communities from JFK Runway 22 Right?

That WAS a "alternative" of a FAA "fanning-out" plan a few years ago, but was quickly dropped. The ONLY one of the fanning alternatives that was dropped!!! I'm sure you wouldn't be in support of that as you live in Belle Harbor!!! You are like many who protest aircraft noise; you are concerned only about your "backyard" and do not care about the noise impacts on other communities nearby. The fact that you are an editor of a newspaper that "claims" to represent all of the Rockaway community makes it even more despicable!!!

I see the Wave hasn't changed much since the former editor wanted to bring in Long Island's garbage, including infectious medical waste, to be transferred" to barges in Rockaway Beach.


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