Jersey Has It Right
I’ve worked in Rockaway since 1995 but I grew up in NJ. When I was young, I spent summer weekends at the Jersey Shore; Mantoloking for a swim on Saturday afternoon then on to Seaside Heights for the games and rides. Both communities were devastated by Sandy. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to visit Seaside Heights and Mantoloking in support of the people there who were rebuilding. The fact of the matter is when I arrived in Seaside, the residents and businesses welcomed me with open arms. The boardwalk was being restored, the businesses were being rebuilt, and the community was praising Chris Christie for asking for and receiving Federal Aid. I definitely didn’t feel depressed. Here in Rockaway, the boardwalk probably will be replaced once the MOMA studies are done, and this summer there will be “pods” for concession stands. …Frankly, I’m getting disgusted with the bureaucratic red tape and countless “committees” that need to be formed to restore Rockaway. Those who live in Seaside are optimistic. Those who live in Rockaway?.. The Jersey shore says “Restore the Shore” and “Jersey Strong” and they are acting on it. Why can’t we just do the same in Rockaway?
(Ed note: boardwalk plans are not connected or dependent on anything MoMA does.)