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The Capital One building on Beach 116th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard has been sold for $1.7 million. The buyer is ACHS Management, a Manhattan-based development company with more than 100 properties in the metro area, many of them with a retail focus. The building site is zoned for commercial and residential.

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Absentee or mail-in voting ballots are available to request online at nycabsentee.com/. You are eligible to vote by mail for a number of reasons with concern about Covid-19 being one. Check “temporary illness” on the application if Covid or the “potential” of getting the virus is the reason you are choosing to use the absentee ballot.

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As for people not registered to vote in New York state, October 9 is the deadline to register.  Please visit https://www.elections.ny.gov/ for more information.

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There’s an online blog/news site called the Tribeca Citizen. They recently posted an article, “Field Trip: Rockaway Beach.” The story did a nice job covering some of the highlights of a day trip here. We got a big kick out of one of the comments that followed the story: “After seeing the ferry lines all summer we decided to give it a try Monday and it was fantastic!” They were motivated by long lines? Wow.

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We went to press before the last games were scheduled to be played at the Summer Classic but Bugsy gave us this report: The 2020 Summer Classic was scheduled to end on Thursday, September 3. However, rain interrupted play which will now resume, and hopefully complete on Wednesday, September 9. Approximately one quarter remains in the Boys Grammar Middle Championship between New York Surf School and Denis S. O’Connor, Inc. The Girls Grammar Senior championship between Walsh Properties and McManus Mechanical reached halftime before it was suspended. The final championship for the Boys Grammar Senior title, between R. Tyne Painting and Blue Bear Risk Management had not yet begun and a full game will be played. (We’ll have a recap in the 9-17 edition).

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So, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is the law that (according to the government) “keeps citizens in the know about their government.” We sometimes submit requests when agencies are less than helpful with inquiries. The law says agencies should respond within one month. Well, here’s a whopper. We just heard back from the National Park Service (NPS) from a FOIA request from THREE YEARS ago. The NPS rep left a message saying he hopes we “get a chuckle” out of the response being so late. We got a chuckle out of him saying he hopes we get a chuckle. We wanted to know three years ago what outfits had made proposals for the Riis Park concessions (besides Riis Bazaar). Maybe Hilton or Marriot or who knows who. It’s ancient history but we’d still like to know. Ok, they said, the information might be protected and we’ll get back to you.

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We’re guessing the flying banners over the beach will go away with the crowds. The messages this season were more political than in year’s past (whatever happened to Coppertone being the usual type banner?) A lot of people did a doubletake when a large Trump/Putin (not Pence) flew overhead on Sunday. “The Gov Killed Nana!” a shot at Andrew Cuomo was another.

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