2013-04-26 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Kitchen Nightmare, a reality TV show in which the host “rescues” a troubled restaurant, is looking to film in Rockaway. If you’re a restaurant owner or know one that might be interested, call 310- 313-9100 (Oh, and let us know if they’re coming!)

So…just wondering… what will homeowners in Belle Harbor and Neponsit say if the Army Corps or Parks suggests extending the boardwalk all the way to Riis Park because it will act as a sea wall and offer the best protection? They never wanted a boardwalk before but if it offers the best protection???

CDBG is not a now-defunct rock club on the lower east side. CDBG is an acronym for Community Development Block Grants. You’ll be hearing CDBG quite a bit because it’s how the Mayor will spend the first 1.7 Billion of Sandy money. It’s possible some of the money will refund you for out of pocket expenses (i.e., what insurance or FEMA didn’t cover).

Congressman Meeks is postponing the meeting he had scheduled for May 13th at St. Francis deSales in Belle Harbor. Although flood maps and insurance will be hot topics, he wants to hold the meeting after the city releases the CDBG plan.

When news came out that flood maps were also being changed in Staten Island, City Councilman Vincent Ignizio said: “I guess the message is now, if you’re talking to your architect, if you’re talking to your engineer, stop.”

The Rockaway Bike parade is on! Mark your calendars and put on the WD-40 and check the air pressure. The second annual Rockaway Bike Parade is set for Saturday, May 18th, starting at Firehouse 59 (59th and RBB) at 11 a,m. Fun, goofy, and ridiculous is encouraged! And it’s not just bikes. You can take part on skates, in people-powered carts, in groups or by yourself. An awards ceremony will follow at The Dome. We think this will become a signature event and unofficial kick-off for the summer.

From Rockaway Emergency Plan on Facebook: Do you want Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to come down to Rockaway and see where we are at the six month mark? And maybe ask her about flood insurance rates? Send her an email:vInvite@Gillibrand.Senate. Govattention: Katie.

The Parks Department put some nice fresh soil on the median at Beach 108th Street and Shore Front Parkway. Too bad they haven’t figured out how to keep precious sand on the beach as it blew off the beach and covered a good portion of the soil. Anthony Weiner is back on Twitter. You can follow him @anthonyweiner. On the first day of opening his account he had more than 8500 followers. At the end of the day, he was only following one account: @thewavenews When asked about it on TV, he said he wanted to bring attention to Rockaway.

Others are noticing The Wave and its coverage on flood insurance and maps. Just this week, Kevin Boyle was a guest on NY1’s Road To City Hall, highlighted on the online news outlet NewYorkTrue.com, and spoke at the annual Belle Harbor Property Owner’s Association Homeowners.

The New York City Transit Riders Council (NYCTRC) held a meeting Thursday with a Transit Authority representative who came to speak about what is happening in Rockaway. It was held mid-day in Manhattan. As one Rockaway resident noted, the ferry doesn’t run mid-day. There’s no train from Rockaway. And the buses take forever. They couldn’t hold the meeting in Rockaway and have the transit rep take public transportation? That’d give him perspective.

Not enough credit has gone to the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90th Street. The Knights have made the hall available to many groups at no charge since Sandy. They’ve really been a big asset to the community. A big bravo and thanks to them.

Harbor Light was named one of the winners in the Rebuild Our Shore competition, an online community. Although details are scant, they pledge to “lend a hand” in getting a few select restaurants “back on their feet.” Great job by the Rockaway community who voted for Harbor Light. Belle Harbor won’t be the same until the Harbor Light is open once again.

So rumors are starting and who are we to hold on to them? Little birdies have told us that the same San Diego based company building the concessions will also build the boardwalk AND the number of $60 million is already set. We can only go on rumors because the Bloomberg administration is so transparent and forthcoming.

While on rumors, here’s another: Reliable sources have told The Wave that “though nothing is resolved and ... many things could happen” it seems St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is in discussions to “possibly, to use parts of Peninsula Hospital.”

We hear Senator Schumer threw a ceremonial pitch at the Rockaway Little League last Sunday. He didn’t stick around to talk about his deep knowledge of the Biggert-Waters Act. If you missed him at the Little League, you can always call him and ask him what he’s doing about flood insurance 202- 224-6542 Always a lot going on at The Dome (check Happenings in The Wave). On Wednesday, May 1st, there will be a Town Hall from 6:30-8:30 p.m. featuring Eric Ulrich and Phillip Goldfeder and others who will weigh in on insurance issues and other concerns. It’s an event that encourages public speaking. Be heard !

Next Community Board meeting has been changed to May 21st at the Knights of Columbus.

This week will mark the 6th anniversary of Sandy, the Storm That Changed Everything. Keep proving Rockaway Strong.

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