2012-06-01 / Letters

Talking To All Politicians

Dear Editor,

Yeah, I’m talking to you Eric Ulrich, Phil Goldfeder, Bob Turner, Charles Schumer, Michael Bloomberg and the rest of you politicians.

I’m not the kind of person that writes letters to elected officials, in fact, this is my first but I feel compelled to bring your attention to something that I feel is a very serious problem that is quietly taking form in the Rockaways.

There’s a possibility that the use of Fort Tilden by the community is in serious jeopardy. What is happening at Fort Tilden?

In last week’s Wave, Anthony DiCarlo wrote a letter to the editor and the community asking for help. Fort Tilden’s management is raising the fees of field rental to a level that’s not affordable and will invariably lead to the end of soccer and little league on the Peninsula. Soccer’s spring intramural season has already suffered.

In fact, there wasn’t one because of the exorbitant fees being asked. Taking these fields away from the children of Rockaway is an outrage.

What else is there to do here?

I don’t think I need to go on about the lack of decent transportation, movie theaters, bowling alleys, pools, community centers or fields of any kind (other than those attached to the local high schools) on the Peninsula. And how long will it take for the management at Fort Tilden to affect RAA and RTC (Rockaway Artists Alliance and Rockaway Theatre Company)? Or for the kids that got shut out of organized sports and activities to do the only thing left to do in Rockaway? Hang out and basically do nothing.

What’s worse is that they wouldn’t have the opportunity to learn good sportsmanship and teamwork or have the opportunity to look up to volunteers and learn through example, or to learn the important lesson of giving back to their community and becoming good citizens.

It’s a path to disaster. I don’t think I’m exaggerating.

Think about the consequences of Rockaway’s children finding other (less organized) things to do because they lost their sports fields.

I implore you to do something about it before it’s too late.

A Concerned Citizen of Rockaway

JOANNE SCANNELL-DZIUK

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