2013-06-21 / Columnists

Beachcomber

A consumer survey has been launched on behalf of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. The purpose of the survey is to gain insights into the wants, needs and perceptions of Rockaway residents and visitors. Please go to http://www.rockaway survey.com and be heard!

So far, 71.5 percent of people say “The Wave” when asked what the “most useful source” for deciding where to shop, dine, or purchase goods and services. The survey taker tells us that is an amazing number.

Creeper’s delight. So here’s another quibble with the “boardwalk islands.” It’s nice that Parks installed free telescopes that allow people to view the horizon and maybe catch a good glimpse of sea life that surfaces. It’s not so good that the telescopes can be swung around so that people can peer into the windows of apartments across the street. Probably not so good that they can swing freely and allow viewing close-ups of people on the beach, too.

We hear the first new house is going up in the area in Breezy where many houses burned. Good luck and best wishes to all on a speedy return.

Speaking of Breezy, Mayor Bloomberg proposed a double dune system for the community last week at a press conference. The detail he didn’t mention was that Breezy would have to open its beaches to the public if they accept funding for the dunes. The other detail was that a study would have to be completed first and that the goal would be for the double dune system to be installed with FOUR years of completion of the study.

181. That’s the number of times the term “subject to available funding” is used for plans and project in the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resilience released last week.

Et tu. Anthony? Well, so much for our former rep, Anthony Weiner, and helping Rockaway with its transit challenges. His campaign tells us he is in favor of using the old LIRR rail line – which Rockaway hopefuls seek to revive – as an elevated park or walkway.

We’ve noted for years how impossible it is to enjoy recreation on the bay. If you’d like to get out on the bay you might try jet skiing or kayaking – they’re both available at Thai Rock on Beach 92nd Street.

A lot of mementos were lost because of the Storm. But we think Muriel Stemmann of Broad Channel might have hung on to more than most. Muriel sends news clippings and photos and other items to us. This week she sent a great old photo of The Wave building when it was an A & P supermarket. But Muriel, a Night Out Against Crime flyer from 2004? Really?

It’s a maddening website address – what else should we expect from FEMA – but if you want to find your flood zone, check: fema.maps.arcgis.com/home/ webmap/viewer.html?webmap=2f0a88 4bfb434d76af8c15c26541a545here’s FEMA’s.

We got some inquiries about the Chase Bank trailer and temporary ATMs in the muni parking lot on Beach 116th Street. Specifically, are they paying rent for all the spots they use? Turns out, according to DOT, parking has been free for everyone since Sandy. So, no, Chase hasn’t paid a dime (or a quarter). New meters have been put in recently so you better feed the machines. Also, DOT says once new meters go in Chase will have to reimburse the city for lost revenue as a result of them using numerous parking spots. And since Chase had a free ride for all these months, maybe Chase headquarters would see fit to make a donation to the new Merchant’s Association on Beach 116th Street. Citibank was a big help. Come on, Chase, pony up for the free ride you’ve had.

The parking lot itself may have new meters but the long term plans for the lot are unclear. Seems the lot itself could be part of a revitalization project for the area.

Ok, so we finally heard from McDonald’s corporate office. They tell us the McDonald’s on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 92nd Street will begin repair work in July and reopen in August.

Habitat for Humanity of Westchester has done an incredible job in Breezy Point and Rockaway. They’ve helped hundreds of homeowners. And we mean hundreds. Breezy Tennis is showing their appreciation by hosting a fundraiser at the tennis courts on June 29th from 4 p.m. until ? It’s a BYOB affair and there’s a $25 donation charge at the door. If you’re able to head on down and help a great organization, please do so.

In case you’re wondering. Trap bags will be installed from Beach 149th Street all the way to Beach 55th Street. They hope to get them in before Army Corps starts pumping. The best guess for the start of Army Corps sand replenishment is after Fourth of July weekend.

Yes, some of the multi-million dollar lifeguard shacks do leak. No big deal, parks says, a gasket here or a gasket there should fix them.

Oh, by the way, FEMA is reimbursing Parks for the lifeguard shacks and comfort stations. So if any agency is wasting millions here, it’s actually FEMA. FEMA’s the agency running the National Flood Insurance Program. No wonder they need people to pay $30,000 a year for flood insurance.

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