A Marriot Now
Ten years ago, or maybe more, some very important people from City Hall and Albany convened a Rockaway meeting on the Neponsit Home. They plaintively cited in front of a large group of locals how much they wanted to hear what 'the community' thought should be done. Kevin Boyle made a brilliant suggestion, as did Joe Hartigan and many, many others. Since... no report, no follow-up, no action, NOTHING!
It's the same old... 'Well we really want to hear what you think'...stuff that is entirely meaningless and a senseless waste of time. No city, state, or federal bureaucrat or bureaucracy ever acts until there's a crisis...a fire, a building collapse, a water main break, a gas line explosion, a plane crash, a railroad accident, etc.
I know that's terrible to say, but sadly true, most of the time! How long had locals petitioned on a ferry, and the common city response from deputy mayors and other so-important city staffers was 'impossible, gotta build a dock/landing first, not enough people, too complicated, not enough federal/state/city funding, too expensive,' etc., etc.; and then Mayor Bloomberg says Rockaway's gotta have a ferry, and in three days we got the glorious Seastreak!!!
My suggestion then and now is for a Marriott-Rockaway Beach at The Neponsit Center. Guests could easily and awesomely be linked to JFK and Manhattan by Seastreak, and locals would have an awesome venue for the weddings, the births, the baptisms, the bris, the bar & bat mitzvahs, the confirmations, the graduations, the 50ths, the holiday parties, etc., etc.
There's a hugely successful Marriott- Brooklyn Bridge. There could be a highly successful Marriott-Rockaway Beach.