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 So, what’s going on with the jetties? The plan (hope) is for real work to start in early September. They are collecting rocks (really), getting equipment ready, and above all, waiting for the piping plovers to leave which usually happens in mid-August. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, it takes about two months for one jetty to be installed. So, the project will take a couple of years to complete. In 2018, fifteen jetties (groins) were installed at Long Beach and the beaches there look healthy.

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The Rockaway Times Photo Contest has narrowed its Top 30 to a Top 10. The photos, adorning the rail along the boardwalk and at the ferry dock, are spectacular and have really been a big attraction for beachgoers. In previous years, we’ve held a fun ceremony at Caracas to pick the winner but this year we’ve got to do it remotely. We’ll announce the winner (and Top 3) online and in the August 14 edition of the paper.

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Just thinking out loud…why not close Beach 129th Street to traffic on a Saturday from 4 – 10 p.m. to see how it works? Restaurants and food businesses could really expand their outdoor spaces and foot traffic could benefit other businesses as well. Just an idea. Anything to cut down on the double parking…

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The Queens Chronicle reports that there are (already) four candidates eyeing Eric Ulrich’s City Council seat, which, if he fulfills his term, ends in 2021. Lew Simon and Mike Scala are two names you probably know for their local activism. The other two, Felicia Singh and Kaled Alamarie, are not well known in Rockaway, but have started fundraising and are likely to start showing up in the area.

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Before Sandy, there was an oceanfront concrete road in Fort Tilden, perfect for biking, jogging or strolling. The storm wrecked about half of it and there’s been no easy way through on the oceanside ever since. After a contractor hired by the Federal Highways Administrator did a laughably poor job putting in sand and shells as some kind of makeshift path (that made no one happy), the National Park Service is seeking funding elsewhere to make the road useable again.

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Speaking of Hurricane Sandy…part of beach protection is the dune system that pretty much runs from Neponsit to Far Rockaway. We remember when Parks used to keep an eye on them and chase people off. Not so much anymore. Maybe because social distancing is the order of the day but people are not just walking on the dunes, they are setting up tents for an all-day hang out.

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On a CBS TV report, Cardinal Dolan urged families to reach out to their elected officials to ensure Catholic schools are included in proposed federal funding for schools. “If Congress does not provide assistance to our schools within the next few weeks… we will be forced to write you again announcing yet more school closures.” In the same report, Chris Scharbach, principal of St. Francis De Sales Catholic Academy said, “We’re already facing an uphill battle because so many parents are unemployed right now. There’s a lot of our families who are not going to pay tuition when tuition becomes due in the next six weeks.” As of now, St. Francis is expected to open fully in September, after spending thousands on safety protocols.

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