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Op-Ed: After Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Bloomberg Hit the Rockaways

Jennifer Grady, President, Dayton Beach Park No. 1 in Board Operations on September 17, 2013

Dayton Beach Park, Rockaway Beach, Queens

Op-Ed: Hurricane Bloomberg
Sept. 17, 2013

Cry Havoc...

This past summer, the destruction continued. But this time, it was not a natural disaster that was responsible. It was the city government.

The City of New York's overly aggressive goal of opening the beaches for the Memorial Day weekend wreaked havoc on Rockaway Beach, including our community. Why is tourism more important than the taxpayers whose property was already devastated by the storm of the century? Whose lives are more important to the city?

Shareholders and residents of Dayton have been subject to relentless pile-driving and construction, even late into the night, all to meet the beach-opening goal. Do the sleep patterns of seniors and young infants not matter to the city? It is highly likely that the physical damage caused by vibrations to our buildings will surface during the next Local Law 11 analysis, forcing us to spend millions of dollars in façade and brick work.

 ... And Let Slip the Dogs of Mayor

As for current identifiable damage to Dayton's property, various city contractors carelessly drove over the grounds during the boardwalk and comfort station construction process. There was substantial damage — probably amounting to tens of thousands of dollars — to recently grated lawns, sprinkler systems, sidewalks, and other crucial infrastructure. The sewer and drainage systems were also affected, the cost of which is still unknown.

As a result, Dayton will continue to suffer financially because substantial resources were already spent to restore some of the property that was just damaged. We will be making claims against the city for the negligent activities and destruction.

While we are committed to participating in returning the Rockaways to their pre-storm condition, the city must not forget about the hard-working taxpayers who live in the community. 


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