This past week the U.S. government finally got around to dismantling a heavily damaged fence that separates Cross Bay Boulevard from a strip of federal land running along the mouth of Shellbank Basin in Howard Beach.
It took long enough. The chain-link fence was knocked down by Hurricane Sandy, almost a year and a half ago.
We hope it doesn’t take nearly that much time to replace it. The site is a potentially dangerous spot, one that could invite illegal activity. And if someone were foolish enough to go in the water there — maybe a teenager on a dare, or someone who’d been drinking, or both — his or her life would be in immediate, serious jeopardy due to the strong currents in the area. Erecting a new fence will take no time at all once the order is given. Those in charge should give it right away.