2013-02-08 / Columnists

Beachcomber

From an anonymous emailer: We need temporary beach walls now! Shore Front Parkway is horrendous! And enough is enough with the small businesses not accepting credit cards!

The Super Bowl power outage drove viewers to Twitter and Facebook. Numerous people wanted to know if LIPA was supplying power to New Orleans. We were a little alarmed to hear Rapid Repairs was on the way to fix the power outage and that the game would be finished next year. After the long wait, someone else tweeted that the game was starting to have a mold problem.

The next Community Board meeting is Tuesday, February 12th at 7:15. The Army Corps of Engineers will reveal its beach plans. Because a large turnout of interested community members is expected the meeting will be held in the auditorium at Scholar’s Academy, 187 Beach 108th street. If you’d like to participate in the Public Speaking segment you must sign up before the meeting starts.

We are always interested in your Sandy stories and pictures. We’ve said it before and will say it again: we’re building the historical record and that includes your experiences. So please send your photos and stories to us. We’d also like to hear from people still displaced. If you’re living in Brooklyn or elsewhere we’d like to hear from you. Are you coming back? 500 to 700 words is the preferred length of submissions.

Idea machine Joe Hartigan offers the following: There is a 10-15 percent increase in toll collections from May through September because of beach crowds. The extra dough should go directly to improvement of the beach and boardwalk.

If the boardwalk and Rockaway itself improves then the toll revenue will increase. And then the reverse is true. A nice cycle.

The rubble from burned out buildings is being cleared from the lots on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. One excavator did such a fine job it looks like crops could be planted. Nice work!

We’ve tried this before and been embarrassed. But this time we can say with confidence that local Post Offices are open. At least they were when Dan Guarino went to the Rockaway Beach and Rockaway Park branches on Tuesday. He swears he saw live people working in each. We did not rely on their press releases.

There’s quite a buzz around the news that Governor Cuomo wants to spend $400 million to buy out homes that are in storm ravaged areas. The report in the Times says he’ll offer median home price numbers. And not necessarily to all homeowners. And the latest we hear is that the top price the State will pay is $300,000. To that, we say, ha!

The Pascack Valley Learning Center in Airmont, New York, is working on a book about Superstorm Sandy. Proceeds from the sales of the book will go to regional charities to benefit the victims. They are looking for photos and stories. You can visit www.pascackvalley.org/ news or send an email to: Superstormsandybook@pascackvalley.org for more info.

The Wave was a little late embracing social media and we’ve got a ways to go but we’ve found Twitter and Facebook to be very effective ways to get news and messages out. Please like The Wave on Facebook and follow us on Twitter - @thewavenewspaper By the time you read this we might have hit the 1000 followers on Twitter (or hurry and you can be Number 1000 !).

More Hartigan:.How about an electric car race at Floyd Bennett Field sponsored by Tesla Motors? Tesla manufactures high end electric spots cars. How about docking the Amstrad Sailing ship at Beach 108th Street during Black/American History month so the students and residents from all over Queens could be there by a half hour bus ride or ferry? How about an art festival under the A train el from Beach 108th street to Beach 72nd? Or at another stretch in Far Rockaway? How about the trapezes concession on the West side of Manhattan coming to Rockaway (as long the residents that live near it approve?). A lot can get done here!

Dog owners are not happy. We’ve received reports the dog run on Beach Channel Drive under the el was destroyed and equipment is strewn about. We’ll try to have more next week.

Snow fences going up along Shore Front Parkway and the beach are being put in place to hold the sand in place (as much as possible). Some have told us that shards of glass and other debris are in the sand though it’s been sifted. Parks tells us they are aware and continue to rake and use a special machine to remove the smallest pieces.

The 101st Precinct Community Council is hosting a Candidates Forum on Thursday, February 14th from 7-9 p.m. at the Pensinsula Prepatory Academy, 611 Beach 19th street (formerly St. Mary’s Star of the Sea School). This for the now vacant City Council seat in District 31.The Special Election will be on Tuesday, February 19th and your vote will count!

We’ve been remiss in not praising the Knights of Columbus for the generosity. They’ve donated use of their hall to many groups since Sandy. What good neighbors!

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