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Beach bummer

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

As this time of the year comes I look forward to going to Rockaway Beach to relax and enjoy the summer.

I went to the beach the week after Memorial Day weekend when the beaches are supposed to be ready for summer. The Rockaways are far from being ready to be enjoyed by beachgoers. In order to get onto the beach you have to find an opening. Due to sand erosion, you need to find a spot along the fence because the water comes up to where you are sitting. Then if you want to swim there are only two areas open for swimming. How are just two areas going to accommodate 10,000 people visiting the beach each day?

I didn’t expect to find the boardwalk completed, but I did expect to find a beach where I could relax and swim. I called an elected official who represents the Rockaways. Not only was he curt with me, but he also said that contractor bids started right after Sandy. This is the only progress these contractors have made in all these months? Perhaps someone should be overseeing these contractors, or maybe a free beach for the public doesn’t matter to the city.

Where is all the fundraising money that was collected for New York? Rockaway Beach needs to be just as strong as the other beaches in New York and New Jersey!

Maria Concolino

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