2003-06-06 / Editorial/Opinion

Change The Beach Access Rules

Change The Beach Access Rules

Editorial Comment  by Robert SarnoffEditorial Comment by Robert Sarnoff

The new red and white signs that were posted on the boardwalk could spell trouble for Rockaway residents. The signs codify the rules for access to the beach and boardwalk (among other things) and those rules could, in a best case scenario, keep people from enjoying Rockaway’s premier amenity and, in a worst case scenario could cost them lots of money in fines. The rules say that there is no access to the beach for any reason from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. No walking, no jogging, no sitting, no anything. The rules also say that there is no access to the beach (we are not talking about swimming here) 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. So much for romantic moonlit nights. They have been ruined by Adrian Benepe and his clique of Manhattan elitists without so much as a "by your leave" from the people who live in Rockaway. For their part, the police respond by saying that they have to give C Summonses to those who disobey the law because they are committed to enforcing the laws – all of the laws. While we do not accept that as true, we realize that the simplest way to stop this foolishness is to change the law. Our City Councilman, Joe Addabbo is the chair of the Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee. One would think that he and his committee should be able to change the rules by fiat. Unfortunately, that is not true. It is the mayor and his commissioner who rule the roost, not the City Council. The rules must be changed. Perhaps the mayor and his chosen minions will listen to reason and change the rules. Perhaps Addabbo and his committee will buck the mayor and change the rules. Neither of those is likely. It will take concerted action by Rockaway residents to make the mayor and Benepe so uncomfortable that they will allow the rules to be changed. And, now is the time for that concerted action.

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