2013-02-01 / Columnists

Beachcomber

If you emailed The Wave last Saturday and Sunday it was not received. Please resend if you were expecting a reply. We really miss the complimentary ones. We visited City Hall on Tuesday and got a peek at Park’s plans for the beach and boardwalk for the coming summer season. Nothing’s set in concrete, pardon the pun, but the design for the concession areas looks impressive. Parks is faced with a fast ticking clock and has a lot to cover before the first dab of sunscreen is slapped on. A continuous boardwalk is not happening though much is still being considered including Hesco barriers. Stay tuned. NBC News anchor, Brian Williams, was the guest speaker at The Graybeard Dinner Dance last weekend. If the news thing doesn’t work out, he has a future a standup comedian. He’s not only funny but generous and really gave the Graybeards a big boost.

If you’ve got a story about your Sandy experience, please write it up and submit and we’ll consider it for publication. We think personal accounts will contribute to the historical record as will the photos we print in Scenes You May Have Missed.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the TWO DOLLAR ferry. It’s a high speed trip from Beach 108th Street to Wall Street and runs in the morning and early evening. What a great deal. There’s even free parking across the street on Beach Channel. Check seastreak.com for scheduling.

Some Breezy Point residents are looking to sue LIPA for not turning off the power in advance of the surging ocean as Sandy pushed ashore. They contend if power had been cut off – as Con Edison did in other parts of the city – the massive fire that destroyed 130 homes wouldn’t have occurred.

One reason we got the invite to City Hall was because they noticed The Wave’s editorials about the boardwalk (in which we said: Don’t let Parks run the job and let’s have a Design Competition) and invited us in for a chat. We left with our fingers crossed that some good might happen.

FEMA released new flood maps and it is important to note that these are advisory. As far as raising houses 11 feet above sea levels and addressing other building requirements, those will come via legislation which will take a few years. Keep informed.

The NYPD is shifting Deputy Inspector Scott Olexa, the commanding officer of the 100th Precinct in Rockaway Park, to a post in the Fleet Services Division. Many locals are not happy about the move. They give high marks to Olexa in the weeks following the storm.

The Army Corps of Engineers can get to work on the beaches now that the Sandy relief bill has been signed by President Obama. We’ll soon find out just how much sand will be pumped onto the beaches.

Optimists can hold on to the comment made by a DEP official at the Jamaica Bay Task Force meeting. He said in the history of hurricanes since 1920, Sandy was an “outlier.”

Curran’s Superior Meats, the legendary butcher on Beach 129th, will be back. Just at a new location. Maybe with a new name. As long as George England is involved, Rockaway will have a great meat store. Stay tuned for its new home.

The other media – that is, those off the peninsula entities — have done a slightly better job lately identifying different parts of Rockaway. It drives us a bit nuts when a reporter is on Beach 129th and telling viewers he’s in “Far Rockaway.” As Mark Twain said, the difference between Far Rockaway and Rockaway is the difference between lightning and lightning bug. There’s a bit more confusion now with Breezy Point with some calling it Rockaway Point. We’ll let you know if a local ever says they’re from Rockaway Point.

The Mormons, admired by so many because of their tireless efforts, will be holding a concert at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club February 24th. We’ll have more details soon.

Shirley Huntley who repped Broad Channel as a State Senator, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and other shenanigans through the non-profit she set up. She’s facing up to five years for the crimes.

We stopped by Cuisine By Claudette on Beach 116th street. The store is beautifully redone and we heard customers on their way out say they loved it and would tell all their friends.

Speaking of Beach 116th, hope springs eternal. The Rockaway Beach Hotel looks vacant. And vacant is a definite step up from what it was. And the Lawrence Hotel, the pigeon palace, is covered in “for sale” signs.

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