2013-08-30 / Columnists

Beachcomber

The Department of Design and Construction (DDC) said it wasn’t rust but dirt on the lifeguard shacks. They sent us a video showing them wiping it off. They said the dirt must have adhered when the units were wrapped and shipped here. Why was the dirt only on the ocean side of the units? We asked. Oh, well, then maybe it’s airborne sand. We said if that’s sand we have a bigger problem with our sand than lack of it. We did our own wiping: it’s surface rust. It looks like rust; smells like rust. We say it’s rust!

Lew Simon is running against someone we don’t know in the primary for City Council. Lew just might win his first real race. He’s got The Wave’s support in the primary. Imagine that! We look forward to the race between him and Eric in the coming weeks.

In a Slate.com article hailing the importance of the piping plover, comes this quote from Gateway Coordinator Dave Taft: “The problem is not the barrier beach,” Taft said out in the Rockaways, “it’s the $17-million house sitting on the shoreline. If you’re wealthy enough or crazy enough to keep rebuilding on the shoreline after Katrina or Sandy, or any number of pre-Sandy flooding disasters, that’s your decision. Just leave my tax dollars out of it.” We’re not sure what $17 million dollar houses he’s talking about but it’s good to know the feelings of this guy paid by our tax dollars.

It might be starting. A homeowner from Broad Channel came in to show his insurance declaration page from 2012. $340 got him $250,000 of coverage. His new bill was for the same $340 but he only gets $14,000 in coverage! The new bill came from Allstate. Keep Saturday, September 28th reserved for the Stop Fema Now meeting in Broad Channel.

We can always change our mind but Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is the hardest working pol we know. His assistant, Angelica works harder, but she’s not a pol.

It’s only fitting that the beach season ends with confusion. Lifeguards are going back to schools but parking lots just for them are being built just outside the concession stands. We would have told you what beaches were closed this weekend but we didn’t trust the information we were getting. Meanwhile we see rust all over the shade structures at the concessions.

Rockaway is so hot now that even candidates are using it in their commercials. Christine Quinn made it seem like the boardwalk is home. Anthony Weiner’s ad suggested to us he’s running for Mayor of Rockaway.

Sal Albanese, who is running hard for mayor, came to The Wave on Wednesday. It was his second visit here and what a difference a few months on the campaign trail makes. He was great. Full of specific ideas and proposals. He demonstrated real knowledge about Rockaway.

Rockaway has a movie theater. Well, kind of, sort of. And for not much longer. Rockaway Civic has run Beach Flix on the beach all summer long. The last two free movies are Depsicable Me to be shown August 30th on Beach 121st Street just past sunset. And the last is Willie Wonka on September 6th at Beach 86th Street. 

There’s a fun event scheduled for September 14th at the 97th Street concession. CROM-Martial Arts, who happen to occupy the first floor of The Wave building, will be holding its second Muay Thai exhibition. Last year’s event drew hundreds of people. The sport which combines boxing and martial arts proved to be a great crowd favorite as various levels of experienced participants squared off. This year’s fun starts at 3 p.m. and runs til 7p.m. Fun continues at Low Tide afterwards.

Hello Department of Transportation and City Planning. Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 62nd Street to Seagirt Boulevard needs immediate attention. Lanes swerve into a bottleneck where Arverne By The Sea ends and then it’s a mess of bad roads and wacky turns. With the Rockaway Freeway essentially closed, it’s time to add two additional lanes from Ocean Village to Seagirt. There should even be Sandy money for this. A wider road could serve as an evacuation route and allow people to get to Rockaway’s only hospital faster. The current bottleneck and tight one lane in each way is a disaster and there will be more disasters to come.

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