Shore Front Direction
Recently, I attended two different meetings at which the Parks Department had a representative on hand to explain what the summer of 2013 will be like in Rockaway. Super Storm Sandy has taken a lot from all of us and it is very depressing riding down the street. We are living through this reality in hopes of gaining some sense of normalcy through the rebuilding efforts. We are humble and look at how lucky we are for what we do have at this point. We as a community know that there will be no boardwalk this summer and the beach situation will be very different than we are accustomed to. We are grateful for what we do have but need a better solution that just islands around the concession stands. I am hoping that you can help guide us in the right direction on getting help to have the south side of Shore Front Parkway shut down from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day for traffic going eastbound. This is something that has been done in the past and was VERY successful. By doing this it would help the quality of life of everyone in the community. Our elderly can get out and socialize since they too have nowhere to go, our handicapped do not have to worry about steps and other obstacles, and our children can ride their bikes and run like children should. Since Sandy has hit Shore Front has been shut down more often than not going in that direction for debris removal and sand replenishment. By doing this it would keep our communities together and give us a place to stroll and socialize. We can walk safely from concession stand to concession stand and our spirits will be lifted. By not having the boardwalk and no continuous play and walking space many of my peers are looking to leave Rockaway for the summer. This would further hurt the rebuilding of our community and depress us further. Please help us to get this done and guide us in the right direction.