High Tide

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Count on Parks. Well, one thing is pretty consistent every beach season, the NYC Parks Department throws a stink bomb on the beach blanket. The announcement of beach closures comes late, the reasoning of such closures comes half-baked, and the delivery comes from who-knows-who? The Press office (who are just taking orders from ???? ) makes the announcement, there’s an uproar, and then some tweaks are made. And even then, you have to be a puzzle-solver to figure out which beaches are closed completely, which allow swimming, and which are limited to just “sand.” Maddening.

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An underrated aspect of this annual baloney is the general pall it casts on Rockaway. Visitors, and even people who live nearby, have to ask themselves, are the beaches open? Is it worth the hassle? If there’s any doubt, some people (and their economic input) won’t bother. Parks just gives the beach scene a bad vibe. The evidence of this can be seen at Riis Park. After NPS curbed activities (music, dining areas, etc.) the place became a ghost town (again). Of course, NPS offered a double whammy by doubling the parking lot fee last year.

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Riis doesn’t have to worry about closing beaches because of jetties. The beaches close themselves by going underwater. NPS opted out of the Rockaway Reformulation Plan by the Army Corps of Engineers so there’ll be no jetties or sand replenishment at Riis or Fort Tilden. So, in the case of a major storm, the jetties and reinforced dunes in Neponsit and Belle Harbor will help but the side door will be left open.

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One hopeful sign from Riis, is the news that Mike Reen and the Rockaway Collective were awarded a 7-year lease on the concessions. Details of what they’ll offer are yet to come but we’re hopeful!  Mike aka Mikey and partners are born and bred Rockaway.

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We looked through so many photos while judging the Rockaway Times Photo Contest we were a little blurry-eyed so didn’t catch that last week, when we published the Top 30, we printed a duplicate and left one finalist out. See Page 4 for the lost but now found photo.

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Calling all meteorologists. Please tell us that we are not imagining this. The spring winds have been stronger and steadier than ever. Calm days, winds under 10 mph, are unicorn days.

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Congratulations to Danielle Stathis and Sam Friedman as they are the new owners of Coastal Frozen Yogurt (Beach 109, 108-19 Rockaway Beach Drive). For the past seven years, the Shannon sisters (with help from mom) did an amazing job running this place that had been a bad luck corner before they took over. It became a go-to dessert and treat place. With an expanded menu, the new place will be called Coastal Market. We can’t wait!

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A real curve has been thrown into the election maps as a result of “special master” redrawing lines after court challenges. As of now, the Congressional district will remain mostly the same, with Rockaway repped by one person (currently Rep. Meeks). The State Senate map would also just have one Rockaway rep. It’s possible Joe Addabbo and James Sanders will have to face each other in a primary. On the Assembly side, it looks like some of Far Rockaway will be part of mainland district and the rest of the peninsula will be part of District 23. It’s in draft form now but things are getting interesting.

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