2013-03-22 / Columnists

Beachcomber

The City’s Small Business Service operates a Restore Rockaway Facebook and Twitter account and announced that three small business grants have gone out to the following Rockaway businesses: The Animal Hospital of the Rockaways, Fisherman’s Choice commercial fishing, and Beach Beauty and Perfumes.

Before and after pictures. Keep us in mind and send us pictures that show things that are now fixed up. Send us the before and after to editor@rockawave.com

The Boardwalk is important. So are open spaces. Maybe you have ideas you want people to hear. Well, go to the Dome and be heard. The Wave is assisting in collecting ideas in a “story corps” style format. We’ll film locals offering a minute or two of ideas for the boardwalk. So, have your say! We’ll have a video camera there from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 30th and again on Tuesday evening 6:30-8:30. The MoMa PS1 folks who put up the Dome and are doing an idea competition are eager to get locals involved. The ferry at Fort Tilden should be returning this summer and the announcement should be coming in a couple of weeks. The doubt surrounds the fact that part of the dock it used floated away during the storm. The ferry company is a different operator than the one at Beach 108th.

Beach comfort stations. Maybe they should face out towards the ocean so they don’t block views. Even better, maybe they should be put on piers as part of the new boardwalk design. They’ve got to be out somewhere but they’ve also got to be as far away from homes as possible.

The Friends Of Rockaway Beach organization co-founders, John Cori and Eddy Pastore, have scheduled a press conference that will take place Saturday, March 23rd on the steps of City Hall. The purpose of this event is to call attention to the fact that, more than four months after Hurricane Sandy, the residents of the Rockaway Peninsula continue to wait for sand replenishment and other protective measures against ocean surges and further devastation from super storms and rising tides. Although Senator Schumer announced that jetties and dunes are coming the Friends, wisely, want to stay vigilant. A free bus is available. Contact John or Eddy at seathenight@aol.com or emails4eddy@aol.com for more details.

HSBC bank at 116th Street is NOT reopening. Hmm, not a bad spot for a diner. Let’s just hope they don’t have a drive-through nail salon.

There was a good turnout for people interested in becoming concessionaires for the Parks/NPS who put out an RFP last week. They are looking for bikes, kayaks, and mobile food concessions. There are all sorts of challenges for anyone looking to do these start-ups, especially in the Sandy aftermath, but it was good to see so many people interested.

Now that Parks has listened to the community about comfort stations on the beach/boardwalk maybe they really are listening. So maybe it’s worth going to their next meetings. One meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 6th at Beach Channel from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The next is Sunday, April 7th, also from 11 a.m until 2 p.m., at PS 197 on Hicksville Road in Far Rockaway.

Elder L. Tom Perry, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, (Mormons) will be coming to Plainview, NY for a church service on Sunday, March 24th. It’s a big enough deal that a free bus is being offered to anyone who wants to make the trip. The bus will leave from 1600 Central Avenue in Far Rockaway at 8 a.m. For more information, call 917-377-6611. Although it’s not official yet, we hear there’s a pretty good chance the Mormons will rent space for a chapel on Beach 116th Street.

Here’s a jetty idea. They say each one costs a million bucks. Well, how about saving some money by using the rock that is excavated from the 2nd Avenue subway project.

And here’s another one (we’re not sure where we heard it first). Why not bury pipes under the beach so you can replenish sand when needed? We think Virginia Beach has such a system.

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