2003-07-25 / Columnists

Sprayview Sticks Stones

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


Pictured at the recent Draft Environmental Impact Statement Review Meeting (sponsored by Community Board 14) at Peninsula Hospital are (clockwise): Vincent S. Castellano, Deloris Orr, Jeffery Cohen, Zandra Meyers, Rev. Fouillard, and a Frank Avenue Civic Member. Should the anti-wildlife/habitat attitude of the Chair of the Economic Development Committee and Review Chair  (dark shirt) and member Jeffery Cohen be unopposed? Whatever happened to eco-tourism and water dep­end­ent use (e.g. surfing) policies consistency?Pictured at the recent Draft Environmental Impact Statement Review Meeting (sponsored by Community Board 14) at Peninsula Hospital are (clockwise): Vincent S. Castellano, Deloris Orr, Jeffery Cohen, Zandra Meyers, Rev. Fouillard, and a Frank Avenue Civic Member. Should the anti-wildlife/habitat attitude of the Chair of the Economic Development Committee and Review Chair (dark shirt) and member Jeffery Cohen be unopposed? Whatever happened to eco-tourism and water dep­end­ent use (e.g. surfing) policies consistency?

Rockaway’s apathy is pathetic! For example, on July 21 I found, as usual, Dubos Point parkland at Beach 63 Street and DeCosta Avenue jam-packed with mosquito swarms (could not tell how many of the mosquito traps were operative). At the same time, Rockaway’s elected officials are funding mainland swamps for restoration (which also takes care of standing water problems that breed mosquitoes), but, reportedly, no funds are directed to our "mosquito farm" on the bay at Dubos Point.

A draft complaint letter to the Parks Department has been circulated in Arverne but no follow-up response has been received yet. Pathetic!

Apathy is also represented by the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Arverne/Edgemere Urban Renewal Areas having a waterfront consistency review (consistency to waterfront policies). That DEIS states that a waterfront site is not required for the massive development.

Also, is there any other waterfront community in the world where a municipal agency (HPD) can state that no boardwalk is involved with the project and (post release) District Leader Lew Simon runs a protest on the boardwalk over enforcement and selective enforcement of access rules for beach and boardwalk. Why are Beach 69 Street thru Beach 75 Street beaches still closed through several mayors?

Why is there no opposition on Community Board 14 to the attitude of the Chair of the Economic Development Committee, Vincent S. Castellano, and member Jeffrey Cohen that "remnant wildlife should go elsewhere?’

Since there is little ‘elsewhere,’ shouldn’t a beach to bay natural area park be laid out at Edgemere and Duke Kahanamoku Way to Michaelis Bayswater Park? Thus the beach to bay park could pick up this remnant wildlife with the eastward phased development over time the HPD plan calls for! Less extinction takes place and all is well….

Naturally there is the right to disagree and to push wildlife/habitat as much as possible. Genesis 1:28 calls for ‘domination’ of the Earth ("The Garden") while Genesis 2:15 calls for ‘stewardship’ (in partnership with G-d) to care for the Earth ("The Garden"). Hopefully, there will be more sympathy and less apathy to Genesis 2:15.


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