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The Resilient Edgemere Plan was approved last week by the City Council. The plan, first pushed by the de Blasio administration, could add 1,200 new housing units and improve resilience in the area that has been plagued by floods for years. Community Board 14 Manager Jon Gaska heaped praise on City Councilwoman Selvena Brooks-Powers who negotiated with the city on housing and infrastructure.

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well, we’d like to hear who has eyes that say the new buildings in Far Rockaway are beauties. Calling Donovan Richards and others responsible for the dark, cheerless buildings that would’ve fit nicely in the old Soviet Union. Far Rockaway needed an overhaul and new development but the new buildings shout drab.

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There’s wildlife in the ocean? Who knew? A stretch of Rockaway Beach was closed last week after NYPD confirmed there were sharks in the water. And those creatures were back again on Tuesday, forcing Parks to clear people out of the water. With the ocean waters cleaner than it’s been in decades, all sorts of marine life is seen. Even ones with big teeth.

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The ferry fare is going up. It’ll be $4 for a single ride. If you’re a regular user, you can buy a 10-ride pack for $27.50. And there will be discounts at $1.35 for low income, seniors, disabled. All take effect September 12. (Seems they should have done so immediately to grab the higher fare from beach goers and tourists during the summer) There’s also a direct – no stop in Brooklyn- ferry they’re calling The Rockaway Rocket starting July 23 and running through Labor Day. That’ll be $8 for the one way express.

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Rep. Gregory W. Meeks announced 15 groups, organizations and services were included in his Community Project Funding Requests for Fiscal Year 2023. A Diabetes Wellness Center at the Joseph A. Addabbo Center, the Roxbury Volunteer Emergency Services, and the Rockaway YMCA were among those selected by Meeks.

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We need your help! That’s coming from the Jamaica Bay/NY chapter of the NY Littoral Society. The group is looking for beach captains who help lead beach cleanups (beaches of their choice). Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer and for more info. Data from cleanups will be used to report the impact of the cleanings!

 

We still haven’t made firm plans on announcing the finalists (and winner) of The 2022 Rockaway Times Photo Contest. We were ready to wrap it up next week, but Parks says they like having the photos up (they do look great) and asked if we’d hold off.  That’s a nice compliment to the photographers: they make the boardwalk shine.

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Before we know it, it’ll be August. And then football. Football fans (and Jet fans in particular) should give a couple of Ryans a follow. Ryan Moran and RyanGallagher team up for a podcast (R&R Talkin' Football on Youtube) and check out Moran’s twitter (@_Ryan_Moran_ ) and his work on JetsXFactor.com. Good stuff !

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Well, Rockaway was spared the onslaught of ATVs and dirt bikes this past weekend as a huge police presence on Flatbush Avenue and on Cross Bay kept the, uhm, aggressive, wheelers away. 

 

One thing that won’t catch them since they don’t have license plates are the new speed cameras that just went up on Tuesday at Beach 135th and Beach Channel Drive in both directions. Reminder, the speed cameras will be active 24/7 starting in August.

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