2009-04-03 / Letters

Enthusiasm For The Fight

Dear Editor,

As a surfer and a new resident to Rockaway Beach, I was thrilled to see such a turnout at the public meeting regarding the LNG proposal that is threatening our ocean and coastline. Although I have not lived here long, I have come to love this peninsula and consider it my home. The Rockaways are a hidden gem that have so much potential to rival even the finest beaches along the East Coast.

I have seen days out here when the ocean is as blue and clear as the waters down in Florida. I can even imagine a time when trash will not litter the streets and beaches. Most longtime residents will agree, the Rockaways are a beautiful place in which to work, live and play. That is why it sickens me when I hear that some natural gas company wants to come in and set this place back decades, by building an artificial island off our coast for natural gas storage; a toxic island that will not only ruin prime fishing and diving grounds, but also harm marine life and reduce the water quality of our ocean.

The time is now for the residents not only of Rockaway, but also the citizens of New York City and the surrounding areas to stand up and fight. New Yorkers are known as being some of the most vocal and proud people

Letters in the entire country. If you need proof, just go to Yankee Stadium when Boston is in town, Giants stadium when the Eagles are here or Shea when the Mets host the Braves.

There are numerous examples, but the fact remains the same, professional athletes fear New York fans. They may not say it outright, but you can hear it in the subtext when they talk about how hard it is to win here.

This is the kind of enthusiasm we need to bring to this fight. We need to send a message that is loud and clear to all our public officials, starting with Congressman Anthony Weiner and all the way up to Governor Paterson. Email them, write them, and call them...And like true New Yorkers, keep the spirit of victory alive and don't give up until we send the Atlantic Sea Island Group packing, looking for some other coastline to pollute.


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