2009-04-17 / Letters

'World Class Boardwalk' Is Hyperbole

Dear Editor,

In your editorial from April 3, you claim that if the stimulus package that the President says we are getting, is put to use in Rockaway, we will get, among a plethora of other amenities too numerous to mention, a world class boardwalk. Do you have any clue as to what it would take to turn our boardwalk into something that could even remotely be considered world class? First of all, the repairs that are currently slated to begin are severely inadequate.

It's not really that the boardwalk needs more repairs, it's more to the point that the entire boardwalk, or very close to it, needs to be replaced. That includes the infrastructure below the planks that we all trip on. Now that's just the boardwalk itself. In order to truly be considered world class, the poor excuses we have for concession stands need to be replaced with retail strips that include: real fast food chains, surf shops, state of the art life guard stations and of course clean rest rooms. Now that would really be something to see, but does anybody truly believe that however much of this stimulus package we actually get will be enough to pay for a world class boardwalk? Somehow I just don't think so.

BILL MALLOY

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