2010-03-26 / Letters

Summer Parking Still A Real Problem

Dear Editor,

The summer parking on the weekends in Rockaway Beach has become a real problem for many, especially since the increase in year round residents. It has become a constant battle between the ones who want to keep things the way they are, and the ones who feel that there should be more parking available for residents. It appears now that the summer parking signs were never legal, or as the New York State Department of Transportation puts it, “They were never formalized.” In any event, at least now both sides have something to talk about. Get the signs formalized or have them removed. Make them legal or off with their heads.

You think anything will ever come out of this mess? Will the people who paid tickets over the years get their money back? One thing for sure, you can write letters to the agencies involved, the politicians, and I can assure you the cows will come home before anything is done. Nobody wants to rock the boat. The outcome will be decided in a court of law. Every attorney wants to win when he or she tackles something like this, and every attorney looks at things in a different way. However, there is a big disadvantage on the renters side. Most of the attorneys, the loot, and the legal Bagels are in the areas that don’t need parking, How many of them will come out to fight to keep what they have? In any event you have something to target now. So go get it, both sides. Drill ye Tarriers Drill, and may the best side win.

Also, after the local newspaper, The Wave, published my letter of June 9, 2009 something evil happened. In my letter I suggested that the brick building that once belonged to the synagogue be turned over to Derech Emunoh. On the front of that building there was a huge Star of David embedded in the brickwork. I estimated it to be about 5 feet by 5 feet square. A team of workers erected scaffolding around the Star of David and chiseled it out of the brickwork. That indicated to me that the developers wanted to erase any trace of Jewish history in the area.

JOHN BAXTER

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