2014-02-28 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Max and Molly are the two most popular dog names in Rockaway. Bailey comes in third. We hope none of these are responsible for the loads left in the hockey rink at Beach 108th Street. Pick up after your dogs, no matter what their name!

Don’t let a few flurries or a little chill scare you from the parade. The Wave archives were destroyed but we’re pretty sure one year, not that long ago, the mercury only crawled to 8 degrees! This year, no sweat, so to speak.

The pesky debate about delaying and amending the flood insurance law has stops and starts in Congress. There was supposed to be a vote on Tuesday, then Wednesday. We’ll keep you posted.

Army Corps news: The authorized project, including changes developed for this Hurricane Sandy Limited Reevaluation Report (HSLRR), provides a beach berm, dune and groin system to reduce the potential for storm damage. Sorry, that’s for Long Beach. For an update on Rockaway and the Army Corps, go to the Community Board meeting on March 11th.

Seth Bornstein, who does a great job with the Queens Economic Development Corp (EDC) lost his way recently. He suggested the winter Olympics come to Queens. We have another winter like this one, Seth, we’ll all be in Florida.

The Staten Island Borough President Stephen Oddo cited Rockaway in his remarks at a press conference with the mayor. “Look at Arverne by the Sea. I don’t want that density. I don’t want that size. I want that sustainability, and I want that planning.” That’s a Staten Island compliment.

The Wave knows Rockaway is full of talented students. We’ll be making a concerted effort to get schools to submit materials for publication. We’ve got a reporter contacting schools about just this. Keep an eye out for the spotlight on Rockaway’s best and brightest.

The fire at the old Peninsula Hospital cite was deemed non-suspicious by the FDNY. The exact opposite conclusion drawn by many of Facebook! Many a voice shouted: Insurance job!

City officials and planners came out seeking public comments on plans on how Sandy CDBG money should be sent. The Wave attended the same type meeting in Sheepshead Bay on Monday night. It was sparsely attended with about 80 percent of the crowd being the city reps. The Rockaway meeting drew a good crowd (making the city reps happier). The numbers were helped by employees of Madelaine Chocolate who turned out to voice their support for businesses getting a bigger piece of the pie. It seems they were encouraged to attend by Jorge Farber, Madelaine’s owner, who was there as well.

The NPS, the Not Proceeding Swiftly agency —- oops, we mean the National Park Service, is getting around to cleaning up Fort Tilden. This week, allegedly, 16 months after Sandy, the NPS will be issuing a bid request seeking contractors who will clean up the Fort Tilden beach. The slabs of broken concrete of what was Shore Road still sit there. Sixteen months after Sandy. Fishermen are among those who’d like access to that beach this summer.

Speaking of the NPS, what’s with their beach replenishment plans? Riis Park and Fort Tilden will be open gaps after Rockaway and Breezy have dunes. NPS inaction will be a hazard to neighboring communities. There is new management in place and we heard things are “percolating” but that just makes us ask if it’s a slow drip. The Not Proceeding Swiftly tag has been well-earned over decades.

Have a great parade day!

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