The Belle Harbor Property Owners Association has a problem with its center malls on Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 129 to Beach 140 Streets. Seems that the trees impede the sight lines for those who are turning from the boulevard into the side blocks. This view, taken through the window of an automobile driving west and making a left turn into the beach block of Beach 129 shows the problem. Drivers often cannot see cars approaching the intersection until it is too late. The Parks Department’s Director of Forestry has determined, however, that the trees are just fine. He says that the low branches (the ones that impede the sight lines) are keeping the trunks and root systems cooler, adding that removing the bottom limbs would probably kill the trees. “The trees are mostly 20 to 25 feet from the corners,” a Parks spokesperson says. “People need to look before turning at the intersections.” 018p1.jpg

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