2003-09-26 / Front Page

Bayswater To Spend $300K, Residents Say How

Bayswater To Spend $300K, Residents Say How


Jonathan Gaska, Community Board 14 District Manager, moderates the open forum.Jonathan Gaska, Community Board 14 District Manager, moderates the open forum.

Beautifying Norton Drive seemed to be winning the vote as the Bayswater Civic association held an open meeting this week to discuss how a $300,000 fund could be spent to improve the area’s environment.

About 50 residents and local representatives attended the meeting, held at Congregation Darchay Noam. In all, 15 people signed up for three-minutes of floor time to share their ideas about where the money should go.

Although other ideas such as building a public boat ramp were raised, most of them fell flat. When Larry Shoots made his suggestion, in favor of a ramp to take the place of the closed Beach Channel Boat Ramp, one crowd member said firmly, "that’s a bad idea."

Some, such as local artist Patrick Clark, urged the Bayswater Civic Asso­­ciation to try to "get the most bang for the buck." Others warned that breaking up the money for two or three independent projects would likely lead to very little being accomplished.


Bayswater residents listen as elected officials talk about the $300,000 fund and the process for determining how it will be spent.Bayswater residents listen as elected officials talk about the $300,000 fund and the process for determining how it will be spent.

"$300,000 is not a lot of money, but is a good start," said Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska. "It’s seed money…We’ll probably have to find more money elsewhere."

It is not too late to share an idea or proposal about how the money should be spent; suggestions will be accepted until October 10. Letters should be sent to Gaska’s office at 1931 Mott Avenue Room #311, Far Rockaway, New York 11691. You can also e-mail your thoughts to CBRock@CBRock

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Florida Power and Light (FPL) gave a total of $450,000 to Bayswater as a "thank you" when they built the Jamaica Bay Peaking Facility, according to Assemblywoman Audrey Pheff­er. $100,000 is being used in the ongoing Jamaica Bay marsh restoration, and $50,000 was used to hire an independent environmental consultant to advise the town when FPL was looking to expand, Pheffer said.


Trash collected by the Bayswater Civic Association, on Norton Drive, awaits sanitation removal.Trash collected by the Bayswater Civic Association, on Norton Drive, awaits sanitation removal.

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