2003-07-18 / Columnists

Sprayview Sticks Stones

by Environmental Reporter Bernard Blum
Sprayview Sticks Stones by Environmental Reporter Bernard Blum


Pictured, Dubos Point beach cleanup, circa 1990. Helen Gitelson, Draft En­viron­­men­tal Impact State Review Coor­dinator is directly behind a chart of statistics I am holding. V.P. Bill Mulcahy is looking on. Joyce Ashe (next to young boy), the Corresp­onding Secretary and a V.P. of Congreg­ation Derech Emunoh.Pictured, Dubos Point beach cleanup, circa 1990. Helen Gitelson, Draft En­viron­­men­tal Impact State Review Coor­dinator is directly behind a chart of statistics I am holding. V.P. Bill Mulcahy is looking on. Joyce Ashe (next to young boy), the Corresp­onding Secretary and a V.P. of Congreg­ation Derech Emunoh.

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.


Note the impact state­ment identifies this pile as debris. But it is actually a Parks Department Beach Waste Trans­fer station. So this is human activity im­pact on the renewal area at B. 69 Street! It’s quite a beach clean­up and spectacular fires are possible to endanger both boardwalk and  habitat.Note the impact state­ment identifies this pile as debris. But it is actually a Parks Department Beach Waste Trans­fer station. So this is human activity im­pact on the renewal area at B. 69 Street! It’s quite a beach clean­up and spectacular fires are possible to endanger both boardwalk and habitat.

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.


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