Better Than 5 Golden Rings

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Since early summer,  many local civic leaders have been hammering away at the City with concerns that our Rockaway beaches are once again eroding at an alarming rate. Thankfully, NYC Parks and the City heard us, and ordered a 90-day study (yes another study) of the erosion of our beaches.

Sadly, the study revealed what we all know, our beaches are eroding! The biggest problem is NO ACTION! This means we are at the mercy of the Army Corps of Engineers' planned timeline for our beach reconstruction, which is currently scheduled to begin on our beaches around 2020-2021.

So where do we stand?

The good news is the Mayor will meet with the Army Corps’ Commanding General and Chief of Engineers, Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite and request that the scheduled construction on our beaches start in 2018 instead of 2020-21.

Normally after hearing such bad news as "No Action needed," we would organize a protest or rally at City Hall. Since it's probably best to wait and see what the Mayor can deliver for us while down in Washington DC in January, I decided to write a song instead.

Perhaps this time next year, we can all sing it together if the Army Corps comes rolling down the beach.

On the first day of Christmas the Mayor gave to Rockaway, a new dome on the sewerage treatment plant.

On the second day of Christmas the Mayor gave to Rockaway, two larger ferries.

On the third day of Christmas the Mayor gave to Rockaway, three new advanced school programs.

On the fourth day of Christmas the Mayor gave to Rockaway, four extra sanitation street sweepers.

On the fifth day of Christmas the Mayor gave to Rockaway, five million cubic feet of sand.

On the sixth day of Christmas the Mayor gave to Rockaway, six new beach power rakes.

On the seventh day of Christmas the Mayor gave to Rockaway, seven shade structures on the beaches.

On the eighth day of Christmas the Mayor gave to Rockaway, eight additional summer detail police officers.

On the ninth day of Christmas the Mayor gave to Rockaway, a ninth hour of lifeguards.

On the tenth day of Christmas the Mayor gave to Rockaway, ten new NYC Parks workers.

On the eleventh day of Christmas the Mayor gave to Rockaway, eleven hundred seagull-proof garbage cans.

On the twelfth day of Christmas the Mayor gave to Rockaway,12 additional stone groins in Belle Harbor and Neponsit, eleven hundred seagull-proof garbage cans, ten new NYC Parks workers, a ninth hour of lifeguards, eight additional summer detail police officers, seven shade structures on our beaches, six new beach power rakes, five million cubic yards of sand, four extra sanitation street sweepers, three new advanced School programs, two larger ferries and a new dome on the sewerage treatment plant.

Merry Christmas!

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