2013-12-27 / Top Stories

2013 – A Year In Review

January - Congress postponed signing off on a Sandy relief bill.

Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski said the beaches would be open by Memorial Day

St. Francis de Sales School reopened after spending more than two months in temporary schools in Brooklyn.

February - Bloomberg announced what the City would do with its first $1.8 billion in Sandy relief money. Part of the 1.8 eventually was directed to the Build It Back program.

The Army Corps revealed that Rockaway would be getting more sand than it had had in decades

March - The St. Patrick’s Day Parade was one of the biggest ever and showed great post-Sandy resolve. Mayor Bloomberg got his share of boos.

The PS1 VW Dome2 opened as a community center on Beach 94th Street. It offered a wide variety of events and became a great success.

The Wave ran its editorial on the front page for the first time in its 120 year old history calling attention to potentially disastrous flood insurance. Other news outlets across the country started to catch on.

April - The Parks Department was at work 24/7 trying to get the beaches open by Memorial Day. It was revealed that lifeguard and comfort stations were costing between $3-4 million apiece.

Anthony Weiner started making noises about running for Mayor. A lot of mayoral hopefuls showed up a the Democrat Club. One notable exception was someone named de Blasio.

May - Chuck Schumer visited The Wave and said he’s be fighting to delay implementation of the Biggert-Waters Act.

The A Train rolled again. After being derailed by Sandy, Rockaway’s train line was reopened. Ridership on the ferry continued to increase.

Although numerous beach closings would occur throughout the summer because of beach erosion, the beaches were officially declared open Memorial Day weekend.

Lew Simon announced that he’d be challenging Eric Ulrich for a City Council seat.

June - Fema released maps showing a lot of Rockaway in expensive A zones.

Parks Deputy Commissioner visited The Wave. We wrote: Although close-tocomplete plans are expected to be revealed in September, Kavanagh could not predict a starting date for construction but emphasized the goal would be to open the boardwalk in 2014.

The Mayor’s office produced the SIRR report, a blueprint for the city to become more resilient as rising sea levels and climate change take place.

July - The City announced the ferry would be extended through Labor Day.

Finalists were selected in the Far Roc competition, a design competition

The Game Changer competition was announced. A winner or winners would be getting up to $18 million for economic development ideas to be implemented in Rockaway.

August - Plans were announced for a new Science and Resilience Center and the formation of the Jamaica Bay Rockaway Parks Conservancy.

Ferry service was extended to January 31st, 2014.

September - Bill de Blasio wins the Democratic primary; Loe Lhota, the Republican. Lew Simon won the primary in a democratic run-off.

A Big Stop FEMA Now rally occurred in Broad Channel with more than 1000 people turning out to protest the implementation of the Biggert-Waters Act.

October - The Wave put a picture of mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio on a milk carton because he hadn’t been seen in these parts for much of his campaign.

The Community Board approved the plans for the boardwalk to be made of concrete and to be built higher.

The Sandy anniversary was marked by great media coverage and vigils.

November - Eric Ulrich beat Lew Simon in a City Council race. Bill de Blasio beat Joe Lhota.

The Parks Department started making noise about the boardwalk not being completed for “four years.”

Queens College agreed to do a study about the options involving the long defunct Rockaway Branch line.

December - Mayor Bloomberg made his rounds to let each borough know they were better than before.

Construction on the boardwalk will being in spring 2014.

The year came to a close with Build It Back having spent just a spent a few cents, leaving most homeowners in the lurch, waiting for assistance.

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