Friday, February 26, 2010

Eroded beaches symbolic of our entire city

From the Daily News:

A lack of funding could put a damper on replenishing the worst-hit beaches of the Rockaways, federal officials said last week after unveiling plans to dredge a nearby inlet for sand.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin dredging the East Rockaway Inlet in the next few weeks.

But the agency may not have enough money to fill in the beaches that suffered the worst sand loss in recent storms.

It also hasn't been able to complete what was to be a four-year study on local beach erosion that began in 2003.

The target is now 2013 at the earliest, due to a lack of funding, officials said at a public hearing Feb. 16.

Don't know about you, but I am sick of reading stories about how we don't have money for this, don't have money for that. Put a damn moratorium on megadevelopment projects meant to enrich developers at our expense and use that money to fix what we already have and build things that benefit the people already living here.

We opened many, many parks during the Great Depression and put people to work by upgrading infrastructure. We are told that our mayor is one of the most innovative problem solvers to ever grace the halls of 260 Broadway and that our president is bringing hope and change. Yet the bozos running our government today can't learn from history and only come up with garbage recovery plans that aren't helping anyone but their friends. Instead we're closing parks for the first time in our history. It's almost enough to make you miss Robert Moses.

Weiner: You're a congressman. How about calling up Chuck and getting some federal stimulus money for this instead of organizing meetings and throwing hissy fits on the floor of the House?

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georgetheatheist said...

Re Weiner's "hissy fit": Interesting watching the archaic rule of "words taken down" being applied while they live on ad infinitum on video.

Anonymous said...

New WPA now. Instead of 2 years of unemployment, part-time work in parks. Especially for youth this could teach saleable skills such as landscaping, horticulture, construction or customer service.

Time for all good men to come to the aid of their COUNTRY, not their party and keep America out of the toilet.

America first, last, always.

Lino said...

I go to beach 116th (also known as White Trash beach)-every summer since I was three in 1959.

Every few years a major storm carves out this area. I first saw in April 1962 when my parents and I made an early trip out to Playland (@92nd). The board walk was damaged and railings bent along with a cliff of eroded sand from a hurricane in fall '61.

There was an attempt to reduce this problem in/around 1975 when -large- pipes were laid under the sand out to the Ocean to improve drainage. Realistically this sort of area will always be at-war with nature's attempt to reclaim it.

World class beach..worth saving.

Anonymous said...

There is money: NY has to be a luxury city, the only investment it needs is luxury condominiums with all amenities inside. Why not stick an ER in and a park inside luxury condos? The eye-gouging rents will be enough to cover that. The tower people will never have to leave the building, they can even work at the offices on the lower levels.

There is no money: NY is turning into a third-world sanctuary city slum. The subway is a disgrace to the "Capital of the world" as well as the closings of parks and hospitals and reducing fire and police stations.

I read it first on this blog: "Private affluence and public squalor has always been an American tradition."

Georges said...

The sand flows in, the sand flows out - stop building jetties and remove what there is and let nature take it's course.

Anonymous said...

Just let the Atlantic reclaim the Rockaways.

Anonymous said...

Just let the Atlantic reclaim this vile island...