Camp Rockaway exceeded its Kickstarter fundraising goal of $50,000, meaning that Rockaway Beach should get a fancy, landscaped campground site at Jamaica Bay. But this Village Voice article wonders how realistic the plan actually is. Right now there are a number of factors still unclear: the location, the status of that location, and the actual building proposal. And questions remain on what kind of zoning will permit a campground, especially since most of the land surrounding Jamaica Bay is zoned for park use.
The man behind the plan, Kent Johnson, owns a building and design company and spent nearly a year coming up with a schematic and feasibility study for Camp Rockaway. He will use the 50K raised to navigate the DOB approvals process, and says that private investors will provide the next round of funding after that. It’s worth noting that, according to the Village Voice, “Looking at the Kickstarter, an official with the Department of Planning was a bit flummoxed.”
How Realistic Is a Luxury Campground at Rockaway Beach? [Village Voice]
All Camp Rockaway coverage [Q'Stoner]