2002-09-21 / Letters

Selective Harassment?

Selective Harassment?

Dear Editor;

I was astounded to hear that people are being ticketed for leaving their towels, etc. unattended on Rockaway. This never, ever happens in Brighton or Coney. Sounds like it is selective harassment and an attempt to deny people waterfront access. Have you contacted the NY/NJ Baykeeper? They have been involved in fighting for waterfront access.

Ticketing of surfers??!! Are they still issuing tickets after Labor Day? In Brooklyn, you are not allowed to drown between Memorial Day and Labor Day. If there are no lifeguards, the beaches are heavily patrolled by the Beach Nazis. But drowning before Memorial Day or after Labor day is permitted.

After Labor Day, when the beaches officially 'close,' in fact they actually 'reopen.' There are literally thousands of people in the water, there are no lifeguards and the Beach Nazis are gone. What a pleasure!

It's interesting to hear the amount of police enforcement that is being devoted to surfers and terrible people who leave their beach towels unattended. It's amazing to hear that removing evil surfers is such a high priority. Other situations are obviously not as important.

On July 4, in Brighton and Coney Island, it was just plain ugly. Dozens of people set up barbeques on the sand and proceeded to cook, a huge no-no. There were vast numbers of underage, drunken, abusive, brawling kids, from one end of the beach to the other. Fistfights were breaking out. Drunks were urinating all over the place, out in the open. Want to talk about garbage? No one even bothered to use a trashcan; the beach was wall-to-wall garbage. What happened? NOTHING! It was a free for all, an absolute zoo! And this lasted the entire day and into the weekend.

The story we heard was that there wasn't a single Parks Enforcement Police officer on the entire beach. Yet when it comes time to harass people for putting a toe into the water, there is a PEP stationed every fifty feet.

ELISA HINKEN


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