2014-06-06 / Letters

A Quality Of Life

Dear Editor,

The qualities of life in Rockaway is deteriorating since Hurricane Sandy, as many families have moved out and have yet to return.

I bought my home over 12 years ago on a beach block because I was able to be close to the beach and ocean and especially the view. Now I have none because of a perfect storm, I do have a 12-foot sand dune for a view. It was created because of the unnecessary panic and fear and with political intervention preying on those fears of human nature, even when there is an astronomical chance it could ever happen again.

People needed to look at the history of Rockaway, the last time prior to Sandy that the water level went past the boardwalk was over 50 years ago and the sewers handled it.

Yes the beaches needed to be taken care of, the black barrel barricades are understandable and the grading should have been from that height with the restoration of the beaches should have been the priority.

As far as families moving back, some families will, because they have to, as they really can’t afford to do anywhere else. FEMA, Build-it-Back and even private insurance companies in most cases have been no help at all.

While I am venting it was my understanding that between Memorial Day & Labor Day dogs were not allowed on the beach? You can go to the beach 118 to 126 any morning, late afternoon or evening and see dogs on the beach, some owners not even picking up the feces their dogs leave. Where are the park police? Is it that tough for them to climb the barrier?

BOB PANICO

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