2004-01-02 / Columnists

Sprayview Sticks Stones

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


Eugenia Flatow, who played a leading role in drafting the State Waterfront legislation, points out the importance of program.Eugenia Flatow, who played a leading role in drafting the State Waterfront legislation, points out the importance of program.

When officials, agencies and bureaucrats snooze when topsoil is filched and a contaminated processed waste is dumped illegally, there is a right to consider it "conspiracy to obstruct justice." The topsoil and the disposal fees (called tipping fees) have been pocketed with no acknowledgement by NYC that any topsoil is missing as the LIPA management of the Arverne Renewal Area using Sanitation Department equipment and workers.

This management is along the coast and is subject to review by the National and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) section of the Department of Commerce.

In a phone conversation I had, it was determined that since 1978-1982 the state program has received 2.5 million per year to facilitate adherence to guidelines for protecting and developing coastal lands. Boundaries set place Rockaway totally within the state coastal management program.

At a recent NOAA hearing, a number or Rockaway residents made presentations as to what has been going wrong in lack of adherence to guidelines and it is hoped that less snoozing and more action will be taken to protect the Rockaway natural environments.


Political activist and realtor John Baxter explains how Arverne properties were not negotiated legally and that access to the beaches will be blocked off if private streets are put in place.Political activist and realtor John Baxter explains how Arverne properties were not negotiated legally and that access to the beaches will be blocked off if private streets are put in place.
Bernie Blum, President of the Friends of Rockaway, explains habitat destruction from Santitaion Department strip-mining.Bernie Blum, President of the Friends of Rockaway, explains habitat destruction from Santitaion Department strip-mining.Wilbur Woods, CPC planner and George Stafford, chief of the Department of State Waterfront Program look on.Wilbur Woods, CPC planner and George Stafford, chief of the Department of State Waterfront Program look on.

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