2013-03-08 / Letters

Hello! It’s About the Beach

Dear Editor: Please print in your Bag of Mail: To CB14 Chairperson Dolores Orr:

I have just received your agenda for the CB14 meeting on Tuesday, March 12th. I am extremely disappointed.

The beach is under assault by the Parks Department, yet you stuff the agenda with three other committee reports and another non-essential “Informational Presentation.”

Is anything on this agenda as important as the beach?

You were at the Parks Committee meeting last week at Beach Channel High School. There were three hundred people in the room, more than 30 spoke during public speaking, the meeting took almost three hours. It is apparent that the people of Rockaway are intensely opposed to the plan of the Parks Department. Are you of the opinion that the people of Rockaway have nothing more to say on the subject?

More importantly, the committee was not even given the opportunity to discuss the plan at that time. When are we going to discuss it? At midnight on Tuesday?

With this agenda, you will make the public wait for hours before they get a chance to speak on the plan for the beach and the board members will get to discuss it when they are exhausted and want to go home.

Is this how you give the public and the board the opportunity to discuss the use of the most important public asset we have and the reason why we all live here?

Sandy did not destroy Rockaway, but City Hall might.

VINCE CASTELLANO

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