A few years back I had boardwalk envy, today I have boardwalk frustration, as many do. I was once envious of our neighbors to the east of us in Long Beach, LI. It killed me that they were walking on their brand new boardwalk, while we here on the Rockaway peninsula were still fighting with former Mayor Bloomberg to rebuild the Rockaway boardwalk.
Fast forward to this past weekend as I rode my bike along all the open sections of Phases 1, 2 and 4a. I couldn’t help but think about my neighbors who have just been dealt a tough blow with news of a delay for the completion of Phase 3, the section of the Rockaway boardwalk between Beach 107th and Beach 126th.
A delay we are now told is caused by the inability for cranes to operate in winds greater than 30 miles per hour.
Sadly my frustration stems from the inadequate communications from EDC and Parks with the communities affected. I’m sure those who actually live between Beach 108th and 126th and beyond, whose beach lifestyles have been put on hold, are feeling more than frustration. Maybe even downright anger at a Mayoral administration that cannot find it in their hearts to let the residents who live in the confines of Phase 3 know that there would be a delay, sooner than they have! A delay that all the related city agencies knew the possibility of months ago!
I know I personally find it quite odd that there is a delay in Phase 3 while sections, which were supposed to complete in May of 2017, are miraculously one full year ahead of schedule.
Hmmmmmmmm! Do the winds not go over 30 miles per hour east of Beach 107th? Evidently not! I don’t know, is it me or is it me? Must be me!