This week, the city of Long Beach announced that they will begin to demolish the remnants of the Long Beach Boardwalk with the hope of constructing a new one in time for the important summer season. The city rightly realized that the boardwalk was the lifeblood of the town and an important economic engine. In fact, they are doing this without knowing how much Federal money will be allocated from FEMA for this major project. To date, no real estimation of when demolition and construction of a new Rockaway boardwalk has been announced. While the Rockaways are still recovering and trying to help families get back on their feet, our elected officials must also insure that the boardwalk is also put on the fast track for reconstruction.
We may not have the same tax revenue as our neighbors, but the Rockaway boardwalk is no less important to economic growth.