2010-03-19 / Letters

Please Save Our Ferry

Dear Editor,

The following letter was sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg regarding the termination of the Rockaway Ferry.

Dear Mayor Bloomberg,

I have been working with the Rockaway Ferry operators to encourage ridership to the Rockaways. We have art galleries in Fort Tilden and partner with the National Park Service, offering a beautiful setting for Manhattanites and Brooklynites to come for a day on our natural beachfront and enjoy a full arts and music experience. It is my understanding that Congressman Weiner has been eager to work with the City of New York on the federal level to expand and maintain our ferry service.

I hereby urge you to rethink our ferry service, the operators are all set to add more service and a new schedule, plus, the dock at Riis landing is here in a National Park where visitation is part of the mission. Tourism is a traditional income for Rockaway and a massive industry for New York, our ferry is just starting to reintroduce this industry to our peninsula in an easy, affordable and truly picturesque manner. During Labor Day weekend last year, I handed out one hundred and twen-ty of our events programs to folks coming off the ferry, most with bicycles ready to tour the beach. As passengers, they were thrilled to witness The Statue of Liberty, Coney Island and the natural beauty of Jamaica Bay en route.

Please let us work together to build this vital connection for the people of our city and the visitors who come to see it. Every major “ city on the planet subsidizes its transportation as an investment in growth, infrastructure and tourism. Personally, I would volunteer my energies to create a ferry service that worked for everyone, Rockaway commuters and Rockaway visitors alike.

Water transportation and tourism link Federal, State and City interests as well as stimulating the private sector, from the ferry operators to the businesses that benefit from passengers utilizing their facilities. Please give your continued support to this potential coalition of interests. Our ferry service is just getting started and ridership has grown despite the slow economy. Please don’t cut it off before it reaches its prime. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.


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