2013-02-01 / Letters

Time To Get Real

Dear Editor:

It’s been almost three years, since the infamous Weiner “town hall” meeting in which the disgraced congressman, seeking to change the subject from the pressing issues of fiscal and regulatory reform during the economic crisis, staged a beach erosion show at PS 114. In a pathetic attempt to avoid the controversial political topics, a serious matter was treated as a diversion. He brought in Army Corps of Engineers experts, who went on and on for hours about the complicated issues of beach erosion. In the end, we were told that the study leading to solutions, would take six long years! My question, what happened to that study? In the aftermath of Sandy, folks are now serious about the dangers facing our community from the elements.

Previous to this disaster, any mention of building natural barriers, in the form of effective dunes, and higher, stronger sea walls, were met with angry remonstrations and glaring looks. During numerous Neponsit Property Owners meetings, whenever I brought the topic up, the answer was, but it will block the views of the beach! Well neighbors, I hope you enjoy the great views now that the sea walls are gone. I welcome the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance’s initiative to solve the problems facing us. It’s a shame that it took a disaster to make people wake up.

MICHAEL MATTES

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