Tucked away on the west side of the small town of Broad Channel in the middle of Jamiaca Bay is a narrow, dead end, street that goes by the name of West 12th Road. Those of us who live there know that the nice part about living in a small town is that when you are not quite sure what is going on, someone else always does!
[Peter J. Mahon West 12th Road, Broad Channel]
Recently, when writing about Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, I stated that “I tend to expect that at some point in this primary race the Donald’s ego and proclivity for allowing his mouth to override his thought process will eventually cause his campaign to flame out…” Many of you contacted me with your opinions that the misogynist and outright boorish rants that spewed from the “mouth that roared” after the recent republican debates appear to have done just that. On the other hand, new post-debate polls have shown that the Donald has increased his lead over the rest of his republican presidential hopefuls. I can’t figure this guy’s playbook out, but I have to admit I’m loving every minute of it for the sole reason that it’s driving everyone (republican and democrat alike) crazy!
In case you haven’t noticed, there has not been a lot of complaining regarding tidal street flooding on West 12th Road since the contractors finished placement of the coffer dam at the bay end of the block while they work on the installation of the new bulkhead. I went back through my records for the months of June and July for 2013 and 2014 and found there had been a total of 19 instances of (non-storm related) significant tidal street flooding on W12th Road during that time. A similar review of the two-month period of June and July 2015 revealed no (zero, zip, nada!) instances of non-storm related significant tidal street flooding. Of course we won’t know for sure until the new bulkhead is actually finished and the street is raised, but so far so good!
Of course if we all can’t complain about street flooding we have to find something else to talk about. Now don’t get me wrong, like anyone else I do enjoy a good rumor every once in a while. How else would I find out so much about me that I didn’t even know? Nevertheless, that being said, sometimes rumors can fly out of control. A rumor is like a jar full of moths – once the jar is open and the little buggers escape, they are all over the place!
Recently I was approached by several individuals who stated that they had “heard” that construction work on West 12th Road was being “held up” by a neighbor who was “…refusing to allow the contractors to modify the front of his property…” on the south side of the street to allow for the installation of an emergency lane.
The truth of the matter is that the property in question was severely damaged during Sandy and modification to the property was not conducted at this time to avoid any possible additional damage to either the property in question or adjoining residential structures. The decision to hold any property modifications in abeyance was strictly an engineering issue andin no way resulted from a refusal on the part of the homeowner to allow contractors access to his property. The contractor has been in touch with the appropriate city agencies as well as the homeowner and arrangements are being made to address this issue in the near future.
Be careful with that jar of moths!
Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?