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Dear Editor:

(Regarding Maureen Walsh letter about curbing dogs): Wow, Maureen is so right! Dog poop continues to plague the area she speaks about, plus many spots along the Boulevard. I know, I walk it a lot. People just don’t give a poop and the mess continues. To the dog owners and friends who walk dogs for others, PLEASE CLEAN UP after your dog, they can’t!

Danny Ruscillo

 

More Yay

Dear Editor:

Accolades and kudos to Maureen Walsh for reminding all that there is a Pooper Scooper Law on the books in NYC. "Curb your dog"

The ordinance demands that dogs be curbed. There are signs everywhere with the request, “Curb your dog.” It means that owners cannot allow their pets to soil buildings, nor can a dog make a nuisance of himself on the grass of the parkway or on the sidewalk.

Thank you Maureen.

Ann Bender

 

Safety Counts

Dear Editor:

Kudos on another great Summer & Community Guide 2018. On page 32 of the Guide, you highlight basic beach rules; however, I'm confused about the item that states: "bike riding or rollerblading on the boardwalk is allowed.  Please stay in the designated bike lanes."  This seems to imply that there are no restrictions to riding on the "boardwalk," yet the signs posted on the railings state: "bike riding is prohibited on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m."

Way back in time when I was growing up in Rockaway, the policemen would chase a rider off the boardwalk on a hot summer day. It was just too dangerous with all the pedestrians. Even now there are signs posted near the concessions asking cyclists to dismount in those areas, but the majority of people either don't see the signs or don't respect the request.

As the column heading states:  Safety Counts.

Bicycle riding/Rockaway resident,

Marguerite Kazalski

 

We Want You

Dear Editor:

The Belle Harbor Property Owners Association has sent a letter to all the elected officials that represent the Rockaway peninsula and Broad Channel.

The letter asks each of our elected officials at the federal, state and city level to attend the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association meeting on Tuesday, June 19. The focus of the meeting is storm protection.  We are requesting each elected official or a representative to come and discuss their actions relating to the need for emergency sand replenishment on our beaches and the acceleration of actions required by the USACE.

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 19, 7 p.m.

Location: MS/PS 114, 234-01 Cronston Ave., Belle Harbor, NY 11694

We invite all the residents of the Rockaway peninsula to come to this meeting on June 19 to hear what actions each of our representatives has taken and will take.

Elda Vale

 

Open Up!

Dear Rockaway Times,

I am a resident and property owner on Beach 100th Street. Like most of our community I was disappointed and surprised at the NYC Park’s Department decision and timing to close the beaches from Beach 91st Street to Beach 102nd Street. 

I do understand safety for our community, visitors, and our dunes that protect the Peninsula. I do understand that at high tide there is no beach for people to enjoy making it difficult to impossible for lifeguards to protect these beaches. What I don’t understand is why the Parks Department enforced by New York City is blocking our access to the beach. On our block, the beach opening is closed and fortified with six gates. The opening on the boardwalk to the beach is locked in chains to a steel gate.  After that steel gate, there are four wooden wired fences along the walkway. And to finish the barrier, there is a final chain locked steel gate on the ocean side of the dune.

I think we all have one question… Why? 

Is the Parks Department just making their job easier by locking the “doors” to the beach? Does this cut down on personnel? By the way, have you seen how many new Parks Security officers have been added this summer? Just go out this weekend and ask them if this is their first day. The NYC Parks Department’s vision and mission are to create and sustain thriving parks and public spaces for New Yorkers. 

Close the beach for safety reasons, but don’t lock them up. Don’t block public spaces. The NYC Parks Department and the City of New York do not “own” the water. Nobody owns the water.

The ocean's waves and beaches are for all of our enjoyment.

Conor MacCourtney

 

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