2002-08-17 / Letters

Captain: Name The Politicians

Captain: Name The Politicians

Dear Editor;

Park Department officials and the C.O. of the 100 Pct, Captain Charles Talamo quote from the "Green Book" regulations that are being strictly enforced to the consternation of many Rockaway residents, particularly being on the beach after 10 p.m. or entering the surf when lifeguards are off-duty. People getting tossed off the beach and those receiving summonses are primarily Rockaway residents.

I may be wrong, but I always thought Coney Island was also part of New York City and thereby, in theory, be governed by the same "Green Book" regulations. Apparently not. Last Saturday night I visited Coney Island, rode the Cyclone, ate at Nathan's and walked the boardwalk. It was a hot, humid night. At 11:00 p.m., I observed people on the beach too numerous to count. They were barbequing, eating, drinking, swimming, and the sound of loud music was blaring from all over the beach. All seemed to be having a good time enjoying the beach, and it sure looked like they planned to stay for awhile. I strongly suspect that many of them were not Coney Island residents, but DFD's escaping the heat of the city. Good for them. Actually, I enjoyed them because we can't do that in Rockaway, even if we live mere steps from the beach as I do- it's against Park Department "Green Book" regulations.

As a recently retired NYPD lieutenant, I think I might provide some insight, The C.O. of the 60 Pct. has a busy house to manage especially in the summer, with the rides and Keyspan Park. He chooses to ignore the Park Department regulations because he has more important priorities and cannot afford to expend manpower enforcing questionable "Green Book" regulations. He also is probably aware that he would need the assistance of the Brooklyn Task Force to clear the beach, and wisely chooses not to bring that kind of attention to himself.

Capt. Talamo, meanwhile, commands one of the quietest precincts in the city. He needs to drum up business, so to speak. His enforcement of the archaic Green Book" regulations may boost his C summons activity and garner him a few points at his next Comstat meeting; but losing the respect and good will of the Rockaway community could prove very costly in the long run. People are very angry over this selective enforcement.

And one last thing. The Captain states that some unnamed politicians have asked him to do this. Please give us names. The Rockaway community needs to know who among our elected officials is advocating prosecution for using the beach and ocean we live next to.

THOMAS J. BARRY


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