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“This is a great step forward, but we know that there’s more work to be done in the Rockaways,” said Silver, referring to erosion in the Beach 30s and long-term projects such as establishing new jetties.
Borough President Melinda Katz, Congressman Gregory Meeks, Councilman Donovan Richards, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, and State Senator Joseph Addabbo also attended the event.
“We have a lot of opportunity right here, and the beach season symbolizes a great resurgence for our local businesses,” Richards said.
Jonathan Gaska, district manager of Community Board 14, recalled the beach closure last year and its detrimental impact on local businesses, as well as the devastation of Sandy.
“The hits keep on coming to the people of Rockaways, yet we turn it around and come back stronger every time,” he said.
Beachgoers can also take par in numerous events over the summer, such as yoga on Saturday mornings at Beach 108th Street, Zumba Under the Stars every Thursday night at the Beach 108th Street hockey rink, and movie nights on the beach scattered throughout the entire peninsula.
“Last year was really, really rough for the community, but that’s the past and it’s great to be here today,” said Pheffer Amato.