2013-02-01 / Columnists

Ideas Wanted

Commentary By Rick Horan

I’m happy to report that a couple of people put their thinking caps on and shared their ideas with us. Here they are…The first one is from William Moore, he writes… “For the transit system in NYC & LIRR we build 40' slabs of concrete in all different styles and colors with electric and plumbing poured in the slab and then we transport to the site when it’s ready. Rockaway already has the support system in place all we have to do is pick a color and style and build the slabs . it could look great if done in the right color and style. Thanks for letting me submit an idea.” Ed note: I’ve asked him to send some photos, so I’ll share them if and when they arrive.

The second idea was submitted by Steve Bialek who wrote about an inexpensive but innovative sand retention system that is being used in other shorefront communities… “I saw a segment in the news a few weeks ago which might be beneficial to Rockaway’s Beach Erosion problem.

A New Jersey Coast town has been using old Christmas trees to make dunes for the past 15 years and so far it has stopped the water from flooding the area, even when towns before them and after them get flooded.

Their town is fine. It’s some kind of stacking system along with separation of stacks of 55 trees then covering them up with sand. It looks so easy and it works LOL (TRASH is probably NOT a good idea). Maybe we can TRY a test run with dead trees instead of mulching them...we can bury the trees and then cover them up with sand and wait and see if this works over in the Rockaways or Staten Island etc..” So come on folks, let’s hear your ideas and/or your reaction to those already submitted. Brainstorming is a team sport, we can’t do it alone! Write to: ideas@ideasimprov.com

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