2013-05-10 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Do you love the ferry? Well, you should consider contacting City Councilman Eric Ulrich and Congressman Gregory Meeks and ask them to lobby the City now about keeping it. You have to do more than wish that it will stay. We’ll make it easy for you: (Ulrich 212- 788-7069 or 718-738-1083; Meeks: 347-230-4032.

Check out the Dome as new things are happening there all the time. Queens Park Commish Dorothy Lewandowski told NYC Parks Commish Veronica White on a Rockaway visit last Friday that the Dome will be open until June 30th. It’s been a big boost to Rockaway at a perfect time of year. Hope it comes back year after year!

Melinda Katz is not for or against the reactivation of the Rockaway Beach Line. Her spokespeople sent this: The fundamental principle that must govern decisions of this magnitude is that the effected communities and stakeholders must be at the forefront of the decision making process. That process has been nonexistent thus far. We must engage each of the effected communities in an effort to craft a solution that addresses the various stakeholders’ needs. Following the devastation after Sandy, we need to explore expanding our transit options for the Rockaways. However, neither of the current options should be pursued until comprehensive input can be gathered for every community along the line.”

Queens Borough President candidates solidly in favor of restoring the Rockaway Branch Line include Peter Vallone, Tony Avella, Jose Peralta, and Barry Grodenchik.

If you’re new to Facebook and want to stay up on all things Rockaway join or friend Rockaway Emergency Plan. This group was founded while Rockaway was in crisis. Now it’s an information hub (and it’s fun, too).

May 15th means summer parking rules kick in. That’s the time of year that when you leave your car out for 5 minutes past midnight on Friday you get a ticket. We wonder why ticketing agents don’t target all the people who park along the baywall from Beach 149th to the Marine Park Bridge.

Lost and Found picture. We posted a picture of a bunch of smiling guys with the Twin Towers in the background on our Facebook page last Friday (and put it on the front page of The Wave). Within 10 minutes we had a hit. Kerry Price recognized it as her husband’s bachelor party! The picture was a hit on Facebook as the photo was shared numerous times. More than 14,000 saw it.

Many people have called for shaded areas along the boardwalk, when it’s rebuilt. If it’s rebuilt.

Back and better than ever: Cyberzone, Rockaway Physical Therapy, Jameson’s, Strands. Keep going Rockaway !

The Social Security Building at 113-06 Rockaway Beach Boulevard has also reopened.

Lew Simon is gearing up for another City Council run. This time, he might have County Dem support.

Good Morning America and Sam Champion dropped by the Point Breeze Fire Department in Breezy on Tuesday and surprised Chief Marty Ingraham with a check for $10,000 which will help the vollies put a second floor on the firehouse. Jim Killoran of Habitat for Humanity who has been there for months was also on hand to let Marty know they’ll be helping with the build.

We published a photo of the pipeline being dug under the Marine Park Bridge a couple weeks back. There is now a “No Photos Allowed” sign on the fence where the photo was snapped. Glad to know “Bridges and Tunnels” is reading The Wave. Maybe they’ll read the part about getting rid of the tolls.

State Senator John Sampson was arrested on charges of embezzlement and obstruction of justice. Why is it that our first reaction to these reports is: who will be next?

Here’s an idea that Rick Horan forgot to put in his column: A Website, sort of like 311 but specifically dealing with Sandy related stuff. People can post comments, photos, questions, etc.. Then, within 48 hours, some government agency has to answer the question, in writing, on the record.

They won’t say, but we think the lifeguard and comfort stations were built before anyone thought about how they’d get here. Of course, we couldn’t resist and asked Parks Commissioner White—considering their costs — couldn’t they fly themselves here?

We got a call about the “Looking Back” column we used to run. The archives we relied on were destroyed in the flood. We miss the column, too.

It was brought to our attention that the City placed an ad in The Wave announcing the public comment period for the plan it was submitting to HUD for CDBG monies. Because nothing came across the news desk we made the incorrect assumption that there was no outreach at all. We don’t think an ad is sufficient but we acknowledge outreach was made.

Most of the owners of the nowcleared lots on Rockaway Beach Boulevard have joined together to sell the lots as one in hopes a developer will be interested.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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