2013-02-08 / Columnists

Ideas Wanted

By Rick Horan

Rockaway is proving to be a fountain of ideas as evidenced at meetings all around the peninsula. One of the best ones we’ve heard is for an international design competition for the boardwalk! What a great way to see the best ideas the world has to offer! Closer to home, here are a few more ideas that we heard this past week.

Apparently Dunes Can Help!

This idea is from Adam Nash…“I own a bungalow on Beach 24th Street. We had minimal damage due in part to the dunes that have been in place for years. They have been nurtured and maintained in part by the community, led by Richard George. We must consider a robust dune program to help protect the shoreline.”

Free Vendor Licenses on East End!

“On a different note, the boardwalk from the 20s to Beach 38th Street is in fine shape. During the summer months our area does not see nearly the amount of visitors that the western beaches do. This is due in part to a lack of amenities including food and bathrooms. I would like to see the city give free vendor certificates to various food carts so they can set up right on the boardwalk in the 20s where lifeguard beaches are. This would encourage visitors to the Rockaways to explore new areas and give a boost to the local economy.”

Tool Library

This one is from the Rockaway Civic Association. Spearheaded by RCA president Noreen Ellis, Board member Harold Paez and member Mike O’Toole, this civic association is creating a tool library that seeks to make available tools that may have been lost in Sandy. It will be stocked with all sorts of stuff that homeowners will need to put their houses back together. The library will lend out common hand tools such as power drills, screw guns and saws as well as larger, more expensive tools that are just not practical to own individually such as floor sanders, power washers and shop vacs. Lending fees are free to RCA members (membership is $30 per year). More information can be found on their Website at www.RockawayCivic.org or at their next general meeting at the BHYC on Thursday, March 7th.

Idea Day!

Apparently the Rockaways do not have a monopoly on sharing good ideas. The Ideas Wanted guys, Kevin Boyle and myself, were invited to P.S. 207 in Howard Beach a couple of weeks ago to attend their first ever Idea Day. Barbara King, the moderator and Linda Spadaro, principal, hosted the successful event and plan to do more of them. It was gratifying to see hundreds of students genuinely excited about sharing ideas on improving their school, community and the world. Look for other neighborhood schools to follow their lead in the coming months.

Don’t forget to share your Rockaway Rebuilding ideas via e-mail at ideas@ideasimprov.com. See you next week!

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