2013-07-26 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Apparently, Rockaway is so cool, Brooklyn wants to claim it as its own. Some photographs outside the Barclay’s Center were on exhibit to highlight that borough’s cool things. One of the photos was of Rockaway surfers. The photo also ran in the New York Times under the title “Brooklyn Slow Dance.” We informed the Times that Rockaway is in Queens. We doubt it will make a difference in the future.

We keep getting reports of noisy generators. At least one House of Worship and some stores are still running generators. It can’t be a LIPA issue, can it? Some stores on Rockaway Beach Boulevard were recently closed by the FDNY because, reportedly, they were storing gasoline on the premises. The generators are one thing in an emergency. But enough is enough.

Ok, this one is probably no more real than the Jamie the April Fool’s Sea Monster, but someone is saying there’s a politician floating the idea of people paying to use the beach, like in Long Beach and some Jersey beaches.

Mark your calendars. Tuesday August 6th is the annual night out against crime. It runs from 5- 8 p.m. (Yes, before night time). The location is same as last year: Beach 108th Street and Shore Front Parkway.

There’s a website called queens-politics and you can guess what it focuses on. But you probably wouldn’t guess that this site is saying Lew Simon has a real chance to unseat Eric Ulrich. The site says some polling shows a tight race. Not sure if this fits in with Jamie the Sea Monster as well but it might be a sign that we’ll have a fun fall with Lew and Eric.

Eric, by the way, deserves kudos for getting the boat ramp on Beach Channel Drive reopened. The fence was locked last week causing headaches for many boaters and jet-skiiers. The parking lot next to the ramp remains closed because of sink holes.

Ok, private life is private life. But when you send inappropriate messages AS Anthony Weiner to someone you don’t know you are making your private life public. Still, we’re not saying he should drop out of the race. The voters – not newspapers or the other candidates – can tell him what they think.

Of course, we have an idea should he decide to drop out. He can donate his considerable campaign war chest to help a Rockaway cause or two.

A large turnout is anticipated for the 11th annual Graybeards Family Run which kicks off on Friday July 26th, 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales. Postrace activities will follow immediately in the St. Francis schoolyard and will include music by the Grayriders, along with the awards presentations, raffles, children’s rides, and plenty of food and beverages.

The popular Sand Castle Contest at Beach 116th Street and the boardwalk is this Sunday, July 28th. Register from 10-noon. Castle building starts at noon. We’ve seen some great things through the years, we can’t wait for this year’s event!

Dredging has been delayed. Now they say August 5th will be the day sand replenishment will begin. Seems the big pipe they need has to be towed here. High winds and rough seas are keeping it in North Carolina.

A Request For Proposals has gone out for a new boardwalk. The Submission Deadline is August 14th. The winning bid should be announced before September 1st. The RFP says it’s a 25 month project.

Matthew Safos called The Wave to say was he Public Enemy Number One after we published a photo of his 115th street property and called it the Eyesore of the Week. We assured him he was probably not Number One. He said Sandy was the reason so many of his properties were in disarray. We asked about the holes in the roof of his property. “Sandy,” he said. We said those holes have been there for years and the shingles haven’t been touched since the 1940s. I’m trying, he said. Oh, and he’ll sell for the right offer.

Wondering what to do on Friday or Saturday night? Or Sunday afternoon? Check out the Rockaway Theatre Company’s “Rockaway CafĂ© – The Comeback” at Fort Tilden. The rave reviews keep coming in.

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