2010-04-16 / Letters

Ideas On Waterfront Plan

Dear Editor,

So the City Planning Commission is doing a new waterfront plan. I wonder how much federal money, or I should say taxpayer’s money, is going into the new plan? If it’s anything like the last waterfront plan than took place about ten years ago, forget it. Richard George and I were involved in that fiasco, and we even had private meetings with the leaders at that time. We pointed out to them that they didn’t follow the last plans starting in 1982 and we asked if this time would be different. They swore up and down like the true liars they turned out to be that everything would be a bed of roses. Well, the city didn’t follow its own plan. If you read the new plan carefully between the lines the city is admitting that they are supposed to follow the federal coastal management plan, but that is mixed amongst pages and pages of their propaganda and deceit. The city must get the plan approved by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, and of course they make it look on paper like a bed of primroses smothered in daffodils, showered with cherry blossoms and topped off with peaches and cream.

Here is the way it works, or should work:

Congress made the law in 1972 and Congress assigned administrative responsibilities to the Secretary of Commerce who in turn assigned NOAA to see that the states carry out the rules and regulations set forth in the CZMA. In other words, NOAA has oversight and enforcement powers in ANY development in a Coastal Zone Boundary. ALL of Rockaway Beach is a coastal zone boundary. I have tried for thirty years to get the buttheads on BD# 14 to understand that Rockaway is entitled to a lot of federal grants, but num nuts Bd#14 never got it, Instead they listen to deliberate lies from the city and state. Why don’t they simply get the CZMA and read it. It is short and made so that children can read it, and understand it,

Letters but the rubber stamp gang, BD# 14, God help them, dropped dead in the second grade and never had a chance to read the CZMA. Since 1982 The State of New York’s Coastal Management program, CMP, has received more than five billion dollars for the program. If you ask how much Rockaway got out of that the answer is ZERO. The buttheads again. Only Tiger Woods can get something from the dead.

All of the above was the reason I and Richard George filed federal lawsuits to compel the state and city to do their jobs, and guess what, we are winning. It took more than seven years in court but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Put that in your pipes and smoke it, Rubber Stamp Gang.

JOHN BAXTER

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