March 2, 2013. Rockaway Park, New York. John Cori, director of Friends of Rockaway Beach, has been demanding the shoring up of the Rockaway beaches for years. After Hurricane Sandy devastated the area, including his home, his predictions have taken on a new meaning and his mission has grown in volume.. Tracing the path of Hurricane Sandy, which wrecked havoc on the northeastern seaboard from October 25-31, 2012. The storm caused flooding and caused an estimated 60 billion dollars worth of damage to affected areas.