Hundreds Rally For Rockaway Jetties
More than 500 Rockaway residents duck-walked under a devastated boardwalk at Beach 86 Street on Sunday to show their displeasure with federal beach replenishment efforts and to demand that protective jetties be constructed along the Rockaway beachfront.
The rally was hosted by the Friends of Rockaway, a local organization dedicated to preserving the beachfront.
Its two leaders, John Cori and Eddy Pastore were the main speakers at the rally.
“Boardwalk, jetties and sand replenishment are the keys,” Pastore said. “If one is left out, it’s going to be like a house of cards. It’s not enough to do one, you’ve got to do all three.”
“Over here, where there’s beaches and jetties, the boardwalk is still here,” Pastore added, pointing to the stillstanding boardwalk nearby. “If you go down on that side, the boardwalk is all gone because there is no jetty. It’s a nobrainer.”
Many local politicians and civic leaders spoke at the rally, including Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, City Councilman Eric Ulrich and Congressman Gregory Meeks, who came late, but promised that money for the recovery of the Rockaway beaches will be part of a bill he is sponsoring in Congress.
Those at the rally called for the immediate construction of rock jetties, placement of three million cubic tons of sand on Rockaway beaches, and the reconstruction of all of the seawalls that were destroyed by Sandy as well as the boardwalk.