2013-03-29 / Letters

CB 14 – Money Being Left On The Table

Dear Editor:

Please print this letter I sent to Community Board 14:

It’s never too late to start something, especially if that something is beneficial to the Rockaways, Broad Channel and Breezy Point, and it’s the law. That something is our own Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, LWRP.

The LWRP would eliminate all the silly excuses we use in deciding on where, when or how to handle developments, such as the Arverne Development, and other developments too numerous to mention. Hire a lawyer to study the Coastal Zone Management Act, CZMA, of 1972. If a milk farmer like me can figure it out easily I would bet a lawyer would take a few hours and he would have it down the cow path.

We are entitled to our own LWRP ever since all of Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point were declared a coastal zone boundary 1982. That’s when the Coastal Management Program, CMP, State of New York and the New York City Waterfront Revitalization Program, WRP, were formed.

The main reason NYS and City joined was the realization how much federal money was being allocated to other states that had joined the Coastal Zone Management Program, CZMP. That money is being denied to our areas because we don’t have a LWRP in place. The entire program is in the control of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, and NOAA encourages local communities to form LWRPs. It’s there for the asking. Don’t allow the State and City to hog ALL of the federal money and keep us in the dark any longer. Don’t you have that obligation to the community? I am urgently awaiting a reply from anyone on Board # 14.

JOHN BAXTER

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