2011-04-08 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

This week there will be a meeting of the Jamaica Bay Task Force. The meeting will address the proposed JFK airport expansion. I’ll be speaking with regard to the fisheries that abound in Jamaica Bay and the impact from my point of view this proposed project will have. Daniel Mundy and Don Riepe will also be speaking.

I’ll share with you readers some of my thoughts and give you a summation of the meeting in next week’s paper. Anyone reading this column knows the passion I have for Jamaica Bay. This great bay gives so much to so many; anglers, sportsman, bird watchers, naturalists, I could go on and on, the point being the bay is a magnificent gift of nature, which asks for nothing in return. The bay has survived in spite of all of our assaults on it, but at what point will the bay no longer be able to remain our friend.

“They” have a bigger plan, for a bigger runway for bigger planes, with little respect for the bay. No, actually little respect doesn’t fit; disrespect is the right adjective. But “they” have overlooked one critical factor, something “they” cannot understand, the voice of the bay whose echoes transcend time, whose voice and spirit resonates in all who share a kindred spirit and care for Jamaica Bay.

This is a National Treasure; if this runway were going through Yellowstone I wouldn’t even be writing this column, but it isn’t, it’s Jamaica Bay. Bordered by Queens, Brooklyn and Nassau County its tidal flow brings with it the enthusiasm of a child’s first fish, the cry of an osprey, the hopes of people who derive some inner peace while walking along its shoreline. Do not let Jamaica Bay become an hour glass where, when the sands are gone, the bay will diminish and no longer be the bay it was. Will there be a next tide ….

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