2004-09-03 / Community

Environmental Group Protests Agenda

The Friends of Rockaway (FOR), a local environmental group, is unhappy about the agenda that has been set for the upcoming Jamaica Bay Task Force meeting, which will be held on September 22 at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

Bernard Blum, the president of the environmental group is angry that Eugenia Flatow, who sets the groups agenda, is avoiding presentation about Dubos Point in Arverne. Blum says that he has made that presentation at earlier environmental meetings and would like to present an update on Arverne as a follow-up to a report given the last meeting. At that meeting, there was a vote for the conservation of Dubos Point, although no work has been done to achieve that as yet.

According to Blum, Flatow played a leading role in the drafting of the New York State Waterfront Revitalization Program, she has not interested herself in Arverne conservation until lately and has not shown interest in the beach access problems in Rockaway though access is high on the list of goals of revitalization of coastal areas. Arverne was only listed as an access problem on a chart in the City Waterfront Revitalization Program (an insert in the State Program) while 10 other waterfront area development plans were outlined.

Blum is urging Rockaway residents who care about the environment to write to Flatow, who is the Manhattan Coordinator of the NYC Soil and Water Conservation District and also the Coordinator of the Jamaica Bay Task Force to ask for a change in the September agenda of a panel of NYC Environmental Protection experts on Jamaica Bay to meet local issues and needs.

Blum says that Flatow can be reached at 121 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 501, New York, New York 10013, Attention: Nina Haiman, Assistant Coordinator.

Blum suggests that those who write to Flatow to add the following agenda items to the existing agenda, which includes on a “Discussion of Jamaica Bay.”

Friends of Rockaway presentation of wetlands restoration with mosquito control byproduct for Dubos Point, Mott Point State Park, Brant Point, etc.

Friends of Rockaway presentation of conservation of the Arverne/ Edgemere renewal areas featuring Beach to Bay Parks

Prevention of shallowing up of Norton Basin and other Jamaica Bay basins with toxic dredge spoils or other spoils.

Waterfront access problems at Rockaway’s beaches and bay waterfronts.

Dune construction and protection for Rockaway flood and erosion control.

The meeting will be held in the Education Building at Floyd Bennett Field from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the phone number there is 718-338-3876.

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