2013-10-11 / Letters

Sand In Their Brains

Dear Editor:

Today is Monday, October 7th, 2013.

My guess is that the Parks Department is riding up and down our beaches in their four wheel drive vehicles wondering what happened to the eight foot mounds of sand piled in front of the four foot high sea walls today. Should they call the 100th Precinct and report it missing? Hardly! All they have to do is look up and down the beach blocks from Beach 126th to Beach 149th and see the streets and houses and lawns inundated with it. What do you suppose was the thought process behind piling mounds of sand in positions where it could be blown off the beach down the street making our streets resemble post Sandy sites? Did Parks think the sand was just going to sit there in their nice neat piles against 40 mile per hour winds?

All the time and effort and money beach block folks put into sand removal and re-landscaping is for naught once again. And, what good have those mounds done? For the nicest part of the summer folks who would have wanted to swim during the month of September, have been asked to climb up, over and down eight foot sand mounds to access the beach. What benefit have we gotten from those mounds? Nothing but inconvenience and additional hardship! How are we going to make the foot high piles of sand on our blocks disappear?

After Sandy, firemen came down our blocks and hosed the sand down the sewers. Were it not for them, homeowners could never have gotten their cars on and off beach blocks. However, the fly in the ointment was that it blocked our waste lines which necessitated multiple visits from the plumber to clear out.

So here we stand, once again a slave to the elements and city brainiacs who haven’t got a clue. Why is it that we are continually fighting city mismanagement? Somebody had to figure this sand would not be obedient and stay where it was piled during a wind storm. Unlike snow, sand is forever. It’s heavy to shovel and nobody can figure out what to do with it. If we pile it in the street it will blow right back onto our property. Thus, I am begging Parks, Sanitation and anybody with a clue to clean up our streets and lower, yes lower the beach sand mounds until somebody can prove they have a way to keep the sand on the beach.

JOAN METTLER

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