100 PCT DI Barrett Visits MyRockPark
Deputy Inspector Tom Barrett of Rockaway’s 100 Precinct dropped in to Thursday’s ‘MyRockPark’ meeting to report that there has been no crime in or around the peninsula’s new shopping center on Beach 72 Street. “I have heard all the rumors circulating on the peninsula,” Barrett said, “and they are all untrue. There have been no break-ins, no thuggery, no car thefts in the parking lots ... nothing, none.”
Headlining the civic’s annual general meeting were Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Gerald Sullivan representing Councilman Ulrich and Brendan Pillar from the NYC Department of City Planning. Thirtyfive members attended to elect their new board members. Sullivan then reported that the Maritime Unit of New York’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is presently inspecting Rockaway’s bay wall – the concrete and struts – for a future restoration and rehab.
Brendan Pillar presented the draft recommendations for the Rockaway peninsula and Broad Channel area of Vision 2020: NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan. This is the City’s 10-year plan to upgrade the city’s waterfront and waterways: especially to improve public access, waterborne transport and on-the-water commerce. The Department of City Planning will soon present the plan to the City Council. After the presentation, Pillar took many questions concerning the bay, ferry service and various potential access points for non-motorized watercrafts on both the bay and ocean throughout the peninsula.
President Noreen Ellis emphasized to Pillar that City Planning needs to clearly hear our thoughts, comments and suggestions which have been provided by community members who attended various workshops throughout the year on the Vision 2020 plan. Pillar was publicly invited to return for the civic’s March meeting.