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Living in Long Beach for the past 16 years has been a wonderful time and many of use would not want to leave our small barrier island for anything else. We are passionate about staying and have put the work in after Sandy to do so. The thoughts that concern me are the future. We are re-calibrating the norm with regards to storms and we still have not agreed on a baseline for the future and the standards it will bring. It is not good enough to build properties to the higher standard mother nature will win but it sure has been a great time sharing the fringe with her. The economy may push us along faster then nature, with that I mean costs on all fronts are going up not to mention our flood policy and re-zoning. Incidentally our richest of real estate may fall back to the dunes faster then the waves can take it when banks refuse to write new mortgages for the area. The struggle with water and debris post Sandy was surmountable the long run in keeping our heads above water financially may not be. I wish the best for us all.
I am a passionate bicyclist, have been for more than 45 years (I am 80 yrs old) . Every spring/summer my very favorite route is from Lido Beach to Coney Island. This includes long stretches of boardwalk from Far Rockaway to Jacob Riis Park, then go over the Marine Pkwy. Bridge pick up the bike path to Coney Island avenue. It is an exhilarating ride following the bay and the ocean. When Sandy came it was beyond a schock, it was a catastrophe. The beauty of that shoreline is a national treasure (and it is at Nat'l recreation area at Ft. Tilden). And right down the road is Breezy Point, a rest destination in my ride, a wonderful community crushed by Sandy. This week I tried to see how far I could go in the ride, but alas, only to Beach 30th St. and the boardwalk came to an end. I pray for all those people who were at the brunt of this horrible storm, and hope before summer's end many sections of the boardwalk will be renewed, and homes restored! My wife and I went to the Rockaway Beaches in the 1940's, that ride always brought back some wonderful memories for me.
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