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Bureaucracy in Breezy Point

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The cooperative Breezy Point in Rockaway was one of the hardest hit areas during Hurricane Sandy; out of 2,500 homes, 130 burned to the ground and 220 more were destroyed. But city bureaucracy has delayed the rebuilding. Sixty homeowners have actively worked to meet requirements, and only 10 have satisfied them. Many of the old Breezy bungalows were not up to city building codes, and the cooperative is resistant to some of the modern changes the city wants to make. "This community will always consist of individual one- and two-story houses," said the co-op's general manager. "That's what we want to see. We are not interested in new development and major changes. We are not interested in new infrastructure." [WSJ; previously]