2013-09-27 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Bill de Blasio ran on the theme of a Tale of Two Cities. A die hard Wave reader offered her own take: it is a tale of two cities -- those who've forgotten about the effects of Sandy, and those who live with it every day. Somebody call Joe Lhota’s speechwriter!

We’re still accepting photos for the one year anniversary Sandy edition. We’d like to see before and after pictures in particular. Well, let’s clarify that. We’d like to see pictures of the mess Sandy made and pictures showing a beautiful restoration. Send pictures to editor@rockawave.com or rockawaveblog@gmail.com. Thanks!

You think the lifeguard shacks are costly? Parks could send us three more (no, don’t !) for the cost of running the Public Advocate runoff election. The run-off election for an office that nobody cares about is costing the city $13 million dollars!

The Parks Department gets a bad rep for just about everything nowadays, but we overlooked the fact that they’ve put a lot of work into the 9/11 Tribute Park. Besides Friends of Tribute Park, a reader pointed out that some credit is due to the workers and volunteers of the Department of Parks and Recreation for the daily upkeep of the local memorial.

Idea machine Joe Hartigan had another this week that we like. He suggested moving piping plovers from the beaches in Rockaway to those in Fort Tilden. He said National Parks won’t do anything with the fort and will keep the beaches closed so it’s the perfect place for the birds that like to claim expensive real estate.

Speaking of ideas, here’s one we think Parks and the design team should consider. No matter what combination of wood and concrete surface they choose there should be pixels or engraving that spells ROCKAWAY BEACH and you can only see it from the sky. People flying into Kennedy will see a boardwalk they’ll long remember. Some aerial art would be a nice touch.

Okay, we’re on an idea roll here. A dome over the hockey rink on Beach 108th street was suggested at a Parks Department meeting. It could have hockey in all weather and also serve as a community space just like the VW Dome did last spring on Beach 94th Street. A couple of people were against it. The view would be ruined for some and the extra activity in the area would be a hassle.

The traditional Quilter’s Mass will be held Sunday, October 6th, at St. Francis de Sales Church, Belle Harbor. Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Even though many people were kept busy with Sandy-related issues a small number of quilts will be on display.

There are double dunes in Breezy Point. The co-op decided to erect the dunes on their own after getting permission to scrape 4 inches of sand off the top of their expansive beach. They will soon add beach grass and plants to strengthen the dunes.

116th Street storefronts are looking great! We hear Tiberio’s has a new awning in waiting but for some reason the Italian restaurant is keeping its moldy-looking torn awning in place.

We ran into an insurance agent this week. He said it’s starting. FEMA has October 1st as one of its kick-in dates for new premiums. He just had to tell two customers about premiums that would cost more than $9000. It might seem like we’re beating a dead horse but this is an issue that must remain front and center for the survival of Rockaway. You might not be the sort who goes to meetings and that’s generally fine. This time, though, make an effort to go to the meeting in Broad Channel, Saturday, at noon at the American Legion. Entrepreneur alert: The EDC (Economic Development Corporation) has issued an RFP for a vacant lot next to the Addabbo Center. The EDC is seeking proposals from qualified individuals and organizations to purchase and develop the 20,000 square foot vacant parcel located on the northeast corner of Beach Channel Drive and Beach 63rd Street. Go to NYCEDC.com for more info.

The First ever Rollicking Rockaways weekend takes place at the Surf Club, on the corner of Beach 87th Street and the Freeway, starting Friday night, September 27th, with a tribute exhibition to Rockaways’ Playland (6 – 9 p.m.); On Saturday from 7-9 p.m. there will be a Cabaret Night and on Sunday there will be games of skill and chance from 3-6 p.m.

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