2013-08-23 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Anthony Weiner came by the Wave’s temporary office which is pretty much just a rough open floor space with computers and not many luxuries. Weiner wisecracked: This looks like a 120 year old start-up.

The Far Roc Design Competition made a public debut of sorts last week at a workshop looking for community input. The competition involves development of Arverne East. Check out FarRoc.com for more info.

Some business owners east of Beach 116th Street aren’t thrilled with the City’s Small Business Services department. One critic said, “Small Business Services, making small businesses smaller.”

In its defense, Small Business is just starting to concentrate their efforts in other places. They’re hoping a merchants association or something like that might take form in Rockaway Beach.

Five or six major design firms submitted proposals for the boardwalk design. We thought it was a done deal that the firm that designed the current boardwalk islands would get the job (the design team that forgot to include a bike path among other things). Now perhaps there will be some real competition for the job.

Hurricane Sandy sand was being sold on eBay this week. Buyers should also bid on the Gil Hodges Bridge.

Speaking of the Gil Hodges Bridge, we think the MTA should drop “Marine Park” from the bridge’s name altogether. Gil Hodges was a great hero to many and the bridge doesn’t even really connect to Marine Park. We might add that Gil Hodges lived on Bedford Avenue -- the same street so many hipsters call home (before doing the DFD thing).

Customers going to a supermarket on Beach 73rd Street are fed up with selfcheckouts being out of service. Some have taken to calling the place Shop and Stop.

Got time to read? The Mayor’s SIRR (resiliency) report was 430 pages; the recently released President’s Rebuilding Task Force report is 200 pages; the Gateway General Management Plan draft is 628 pages. There’s a lot of fine print that will shape Rockaway’s future. These publications are available online.

The Parks Department spent many millions on the rusting Lifeguard Places and Comfort Stations but fear not. FEMA will reimburse Parks. That’s the same FEMA that runs the National Flood Insurance Program that wants homeowners to pay $30,000 a year in premiums. This spending by FEMA is another reason to participate in the STOP FEMA NOW day scheduled for September 28th.

Don’t have an exact count – but 150 or so shopping carts were stolen from Waldbaum’s in one fell swoop or a couple of fell swoops. The suddenly missing carts made for great competition for shoppers to go after the remaining carts.

The Department of Environmental Conservation sent out postcards to some people in Rockaway letting them know they could sign up for email alerts about the “contaminated site” listed on the “front of the postcard.” Unfortunately, the only address was the homeowner’s making some believe the DEC had included their property among contaminated sites. Although there’s no mention of it on the postcard, it turns out; DEC was referring to the old Keystone - Rockaway Park MGP (Manufactured Gas Plant) Site at Beach 108- 112th Street.

The Game Changer competition deadline has been extended until September 16th. The City is giving upwards of $18 million dollars for projects that could give a real economic boost to Rockaway. Check out the NYCEDC website for details. We’ve heard of several locals who have plans to submit.

Sydney Leathers is the name of the person who revealed that she had exchanged sex messages with Anthony Weiner after he resigned from Congress. Her name might have been the first tip she was trouble. She’s since been cashing in where she can as fast as she can. According to the Daily News, she’s starring in a new porno flick released this week.

Play ball! The Brooklyn Cyclones are hosting a Breezy Point/ Rockaway Night at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 26th. $3 from every ticket sold benefits the Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund and the Graybeards. For $20 you can get a field box seat and a special t-shirt package by calling 718-382-2623. Early guests also have a chance to receive a Daniel Murphy Pot O’Gold Bobblehead. Murphy plays for the Mets.

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