2013-04-05 / Letters

Thanks And Good Ideas

Dear Editor:

A huge thank you for the Special Editorial last week. Renters, business owners and homeowners need to act by phoning our senators and congressman regarding the studies under the Biggert-Waters FEMA Act. Also I would like to thank you and Rick Horan for setting up the “Ideas Wanted“ camera last weekend at the Dome on Beach 94th Street. Some ideas I shared were an amphitheater/ musical park like the one in Live Oak, Florida bringing in revenue, an affordable municipal parking lot preferably close to a transit line bringing in revenue, sightseeing telescopes like the ones at the Empire State Building bringing in revenue. And how about changing lifeguard hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There are more people on the beach within those hours than before 11 a.m., saving money and cutting down on hours of the “greenies.”

The Wave is being very proactive and it sheds some hope on our community. In your Beachcomber section you said that there will be no more parking on the medians of Shore Front Parkway and Broad Channel. BC residents park on the medians of Broad Channel due to flooding. I hope the 100th precinct and powers that be realize this. Was this an oversight on the Wave’s part?

There are two more topics that I would like to comment on and hopefully motivate other residents to become “proactive.” First, is our plight for The Queens Express Line, as you referred to it last week. I know our politicians are behind it but we have to rally for this project! What will be the stops on this transit line? Maybe The Wave could help with this. We can start lobbying our friends and relatives in these areas to get behind this project. There is much resistance to this project from residents of Queens that would live at such stops. The NoSo Q, as I would like to call it, serves more of the population than a high line park.

Lastly, SMART LIGHTS. Time is not on our side and there are so many lights on the peninsula that bring down the ease and quality of life here. I lived in South Florida and Charlotte, NC for a number of years, both of these places have Smart Lights. They work for busy intersections as well as non-busy intersections. They also decrease speeding in these areas because residents know that the lights will change in their favor very shortly.


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