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Bigger boats on the way. After too many people were left at the dock too many times, Hornblower, the NYC Ferry operator, will bring three new boats into service next year which can each accommodate 350 passengers. The current fleet includes boats with 149-passenger capacity. (Some bigger boats were leased from Seastreak and other companies when the summer crowds swelled).

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100th Precinct Community Affairs is holding a Walk For Breast Cancer to raise awareness on Sunday, October 8 at 10 a.m. It kicks off at Beach 94th Street and the Boardwalk. All are welcome. 

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Mary Lu Plunkett, a Belle Harbor resident died last weekend at the age of 89. She was a longtime member of the Queens Democratic Party. Numerous officials, including the Mayor, issued statements expressing admiration for her dedication and service.

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This is worth repeating: Civic leaders are hard at work drawing attention to the need for storm protection. Keep an eye out for petitions. Rockaway is not close to being ready for another major storm. Please plan on going to the beach at Beach 129th on Saturday, October 28 to show solidarity for this most important cause.

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Speaking of beach protection, this week’s Boyleing Points column has an idea that might shame the Army Corps of Engineers to get moving. Boyle suggests residents start building jetties on their own. Rock by rock. Although it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, it would be a great visual for TV (and we know how TV makes government move) if people brought rocks to the beach to start building the much-needed jetties.

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Stacey Amato, New York Assemblywoman, is supporting Mike Scala for City Council in the upcoming race in November. And quite frankly, we had to ask Stacey. We haven’t heard much from Mr. Scala since he won the Democratic primary a few weeks ago.

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The Inertia is an online publication calling itself the “definitive voice of Surf, Mountains and Outdoors.”  A recent headline for an article: Rockaway Sucks caught our attention. Turns out, it’s a long time propaganda tradition used by surfers who want to keep Rockaway a secret. If enough people hear that the waves are no good, it’ll keep the crowds away. Seems like a lost cause these days.

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You never know what you might spot off the shore. According to various reports, a fisherman noticed 39-year-old Paul Sayre's boat almost six miles off Rockaway Point on Sunday and called the police. He had been stranded at sea for days with no food and no fuel. Sayre had been traveling from Fire Island to Manhattan when he ran out of gas, The Daily News reported.

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Reminder:  we’re still happy to receive Photos of AFTER Sandy and Now photos. If you’ve got photos of showing the destruction and now the rebuild or rebirth and would like to share, please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks!

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What’s going on with the old Sand Bar location joint at Beach 116th Street and the Boardwalk? They’ve sure fortified the place and owners say it was in response to violations. We also asked one of the owners, Esther Konig, if the rumors were true that a Nathan’s was going there. (Hey, one like the Coney Island version wouldn’t be bad – but not a generic franchise). She didn’t address Nathan’s specifically, she’d only say, “Rumors, rumors. Gotta love em. Seriously, nothing concrete. Lots of negotiations but nothing final.”

 

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