Sprayview Sticks Stones
Some of the tabloids, for intimidation by the use of visual images, enlarged Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s snarling facial expression almost to fill the cover page. To repeat the excessive force and ticket blitzing for some was an anomaly in governance.
Also, there was no positive response from him or his Parks and Sanitation Commissioners to better manage parkland; e.g., the Dubos Point mosquito problem and to better manage public lands like Arverne/Edgemere Urban Renewal Areas such that land-scraping style excavation style did not result in massive amounts of topsoil and living vegetation disappearing. Countless letters were sent out to no avail.
That the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which CB 14 is about to hold meetings on, and eventually vote in favor of, does not mention the use of CB 14’s mosquito-weed program (lists of sites to bulldoze) is deceptive and pathetic. The Program along with lot cleaning and rat control "guises" was not mentioned either in a consultant’s report for mosquito control spraying (as alternative) is pathetic too!
This impact statement, that also wipes out the water-dependent use dedication to Duke Kahanamoku Way (to Duke Kahanamoku – Father of American Surfing) would be stronger with a better plan had there been more communication with citywide environmental group coalitions, power elites, agencies let alone Friends of Rockaway, Inc.
I was not well informed about a City Council Hearing that tried to move Arverne/Edgemere Urban Renewal Areas for conservation. A news release in The Wave gave the impression that City Councilman and City Parks Council Committee Chair Joe Addabbo Jr. approves this and other complex conservation issues.
Because I was not sent the correct time, the Hearing missed the only presentation that has been pushing for recreational economic development for the neglected acreage as a high priority (and so not just residential).
Elitists and others who don’t live in the area should not neglect the economic benefits of recreational-economic developments! Hopefully the signage for the Duke dedication will be supported soon towards that end no matter other proposals for the URAS that are commercial and not water dependent or related.