2013-12-27 / Columnists

Beachcomber

We guess they like the big boys better. When asked for comment about who they were supporting in the City Council Speaker race, Donovan Richards and Eric Ulrich brushed us off. Within a day or two they were quoted in The Times and NY Observer, both supporting Melissa Mark-Viverito. Do those papers print their smiling faces and press releases like The Wave? Tsk, tsk.

Flood insurance update: According to Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, the most active legislator fighting Biggert-Waters, a vote to delay the law will be up for a vote in the U.S. Senate in early January. According to Landrieu, “The bill gives FEMA time to study the insurance rates and their impact on local areas before making a final decision. The bill also requires FEMA to certify that they have accurate flood maps, eliminate penalties for communities that are providing their own flood insurance apart from the federal government and sets money aside for a Flood Insurance Advocate position within FEMA to assist homeowners.” The Wave will follow this vote.

Lloyds of London is starting to offer flood insurance in a number of states. Their public relations people say it will be less onerous and expensive than the NFIP. It’s not available yet in New York but we’re hoping this is a trend.

A Rockaway Carol, in last week’s Boyleing Points was circulated quite a bit and was seen by more than 10,000 people on Facebook. Although it certainly qualifies as a poem, The Wave editor insists no poetry! in regular weekly editions. Bah humbug. When poems do slip in it’s because he’s not looking.

In the August 2nd issue of The Wave when asked about the ferry, Bill de Blasio’s spokesman said: “Yes, he would commit to not cutting the ferry. In addition, he has proposed a new Bus Rapid Transit corridor for the Rockaways.”

We’re not sure why new blacktop went down on Newport Avenue between Beach 124th and Beach 127th Street. We’re even less sure why there is a gaping pothole – it’s more like a whole kitchen than a pot – is in the middle of street off Beach 124th Street. Heckuva job, DOT.

Christmas trees will be used to fortify dunes in Rockaway. According to the Parks Department you should bring your tree to a drop-off site from Saturday, January 4th through Sunday, January 12th. Dropoff sites will be in Rockaway Beach at Shore Front Parkway and Beach 94th Street; in Neponsit at the Neponsit Healthcare parking lot off Beach 149th Street; and in Far Rockaway at Beach 11th Street parking lot off Seagirt Boulevard.

An award winning reporter with deep Rockaway roots, Katie Honan, was doing research and came across a Wave front page about the boardwalk coming up for discussion with the local board. It was a 1923 edition. Another headline was about how Neponsit homeowners did not want a boardwalk.

Happy New Year. Please don’t drink and drive.

The Wave ended 2012 with 824 Twitter followers, we now have 1915. We had NO likes on Facebook and now have 2044 (Follow Us and Like Us, please!). We just started an Instagram account and hope to do more and more online in 2014. You can do worse than spend $20 on a Wave subscription locally that gets you the paper mailed and full access to rockawave.com.

The Wave has some of its own resolutions for the new year. We’ll do more online (videos of meetings, for example), offer new columnists and features, use some more freelancers, get more stuff in the calendar, and get students to submit articles. Oh, and we’re going to eat better and get more exercise.

Key Food at Beach 88th Street will open but there’s no certain date yet. The other Key Food at Beach 105th Street won’t open as a Key Food at all. They’re subdividing the place and hoping a hardware store takes the larger side.

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