Rockaway Beach isn’t stronger than Sandy
Jun 25, 2013 | 2695 views | 1 1 comments | 203 203 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

At this time of the year, I look forward to going to Rockaway Beach to relax and enjoy the summer.

I went to the beach the week after Memorial Day weekend, when the beaches are supposed to be ready for summer. The Rockaways are far from being ready to be enjoyed by beach goers.

In order to get on the beach you have to find an opening. Due to sand erosion, you need to find a spot along the fence because the water comes up to where you are sitting. Then if you want to swim there are only two areas open for swimming. How are just two areas going to accommodate 10,000 people visiting the beach each day?

I didn’t expect to find the boardwalk completed, but I did expect to find a beach where I could relax and swim. I called an elected official that represents the Rockaways. Not only was he curt with me, but he also said that contractor bids started right after Sandy. This is the only progress these contractors have made in all these months?

Perhaps someone should be overseeing these contractors or does a free beach for the public not matter to the city. Rockaway Beach needs to be just as strong as the other beaches in New York and New Jersey!

Sincerely,

Maria Concolino

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Barbara Ritter
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July 04, 2013
Well, July 4th came and went and guess what isn't ready to receive the public yet, despite the ads that sing New York City public beaches are open. Sorry, Mayor Bloomburg, Rockaway Beach is far from being open. Most of the beach is roped off and the beachgoers are being harassed by gangs of Park employees on ATVs who are trying to keep the crowds within a tiny roped off section. New Jersey recovered what about Rockaway? FUGGETABOUTIT!