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Things we’re waiting for: Official notice about jetties (and a schedule of when and where work will actually begin). The MTA to get back to us about their plans for vacant storefronts on Beach 116th Street. The Rockaway Medical Arts Complex at Beach 105th Street to provide any information about their services. The Department of Design and DOT to fix the (too many to count) roads in Rockaway. Build It Back to complete its work. And the cows to come home.

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The City can’t fix roads but it can find ways to build bureaucracy. If you’re a fan of red tape and City fees, you’ll be pleased to know the Department of Finance is implementing a “storefront registry.” Owners of properties with storefronts must now register them, provide info regarding leases and vacancies, and pay an annual fee to cover the cost of administering the program. And owners better register by June 1, 2020 or face fines. Keep making it harder, New York, keep making it harder.

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Watch out for scams. Gille Ann Rabbin, in this week’s Life and Privacy column, warns about online dating sites. And it’s tax season so fake IRS calls are on the uptick. We just heard one where a senior was called by his “grandson” who’d been arrested and needed money. And he didn’t want his parents to find out. The caller even handed the phone to his “lawyer.” The calls and scams can be tricky, so be skeptical!

According to www.NewYorkYimby.com, permits have been filed for a nine-story (90 feet) residential building at 20-50 Nameoke Avenue in Far Rockaway. The corner lot is near the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue subway station. The same report says the building will be used as a non-profit institution with 117 residences.

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On Monday, March 2 at 8 p.m., the Bayswater Civic Association will hold a Borough President Candidates Night at the Bayswater Jewish Center (Dickens Street and Haley Ave). Candidates expected include Donovan Richards, Liz Crowley, Anthony Miranda, James Quinn, Costa Constantinides, and Dao Yin.

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The Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Saturday, March 7 and will be a great day of fun and celebration. It might not be a bad idea to get a run in that morning. The Parade Day 5K kicks off at 11 a.m. Number pick up and registration takes place at Rogers on Beach 116th Street starting at 9:30 a.m. We saw a notice by John Edwards that everyone gets a loaf of Irish soda bread and a pint. We presume after the race.

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The Army Corps will hold a public meeting regarding the New York & New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries (NYNJHAT) Study at Beach Channel High School on Thursday, February 27.  This study does not cover jetties but does cover coastal storm risks and how they might be addressed by the Army Corps. Alternatives considered encompass things such as shoreline structures, beach nourishment, levees, floodwalls and seawalls, and storm-surge barriers. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the initial presentation begins at 5:30. Questions and answers will run from 6-7 p.m. There will be a recap and more questions and answers until 8 p.m.

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