The Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association will hold its next meeting on Monday, January 7, where they’re planning a workshop for appealing insurance claim denials in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
The how-to workshop will be led by Stuart Fries, vice president at Garber, Atlas and Fries Insurance Company.
“If you have experienced difficulty with your insurance claim due to Hurricane Sandy, we ask that you attend this meeting to receive some very important information regarding your rights to argue or appeal,” the flier states.
The meeting kicks off at 8:00 p.m. at P.S. 195, 131 Irwin Street.
YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Local mariners have something to be happy about this New Year: the Department of Environmental Protection reversed course on plans to destroy a 78-year-old navigational aid between Manhattan Beach and Breezy Point that mariners say makes them safer and shows them the way home when gizmos can’t.
According to documents released under a Freedom of Information Law request filed by Sheepshead Bites, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection decided to leave a wastewater diffuser pipe that locals affectionately refer to as the “roundhouse” after sailors and other mariners objected to its removal.
“Comments received questioned whether it would be more advantageous to leave the existing outlet chamber in place,” DEP reps wrote to partnering agencies in a September 2012 letter. “If kept, it could serve as an underwater fish habitat and provide opportunity for sea birds to perch.”
It wasn’t just the environmentalists that the DEP sought to please; the agency determined the now defunct roundhouse served a crucial purpose for navigation, and as a marker for underwater infrastructure that could damage vessels.
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Stuart Fries, a Manhattan Beach resident and Sheepshead Bites reader, was boating yesterday morning, when he and his mates struck upon a fisherman who had been tossed overboard in the Rockaway Inlet. Too heavy to be lifted into the boat, this is his story – and photos – of how they rescued the man with the help of the Coast Guard, NYPD and others.
I was fishing on a friend’s boat in Rockaway Inlet near the Roundhouse and Buoy #10. At about 9:00 a.m., we see a 26-foot open boat, with someone in the water holding on to the back of the boat’s exhaust pipe, and there is no one on the boat. He yells to us, and we head over to him.
He is not in danger at the moment, and we were puzzled as to what happened. He had caught what apparently was a large striped bass and was fighting the fish on one side of the boat. Another boat came racing by, and the wave knocked him overboard – together with rod, reel and fish in the water that he had been fighting.
We had no ladder on our boat, and while we had several rope lines that we tried to make loops and a ladder for him to get him up on to our boat, he was about 250 lbs., and impossible to lift him into our boat.
Find out what happened to the boater, and view more photos