I would like to add some input to two of the items in The Wave
headlines recently. I believe the solutions to these problems are based on
simple common sense.
Not enough lifeguards? This
is so laughably absurd it is not funny. The city or Parks Department chooses to continue status quo for their own reasons. The solution: open up part time lines for three to four days a week as are available in Jones Beach, etc., and you will have an influx of senior lifeguards that have since gone on to become policemen, firemen or other vocations. Any pension conflicts certainly could and should be worked out as it is in everyone's interest. The beaches will be covered by experienced, senior guards, many of whom are now not only trained in CPR, but are trained as Certified First Responders (a higher level of training involving immediate care of life threatening injuries and illnesses including defibrillator training). This is great for the public who can then have more confidence in their lifeguards, it is great for the senior guards who are provided an opportunity to return to a job they love and make a few extra dollars for their families, and it is great for the younger guards who will then have more experienced guards to learn from. Only the necessary amount of part time lines need to be opened so as not to take the
jobs of the younger full time guards and students.
The other item being, "The Boardwalk." A disgrace! Fix it. More than
half of the water fountains do not work, why not? Fix them. The bathrooms should be open for normal daily hours all year and for any special events, anything else is completely unacceptable. Garbage cans should be available on the beaches and boardwalk all year round. Why is it that this beautiful parkland must close up shop and cease to exist in the eyes of the Parks Department all winter round? Does Central Park close in the winter? Do they take away all the garbage cans and close the bathrooms? People walk on the beaches and boardwalk all winter long, garbage cans and bathrooms should be available. Granted Riis Park has its problems but Henry Stern should clean his own yard
before taking on his neighbors. The city coiffeurs are as full as they have ever been, these are not money problems, they are a result of poor planning and heel dragging. We are blessed with beautiful beachfront parkland why is it that it must be understaffed and in such a state of disrepair? Or maybe we should just hire more D.F.D. scooter patrols to hand out summonses and harass the locals.