2004-06-11 / Community

Lifeguard Union To Close Beaches ‘On Daily Basis’

By Howard Schwach

Lifeguard Union To Close Beaches ‘On Daily Basis’

By Howard Schwach

Despite the fact that many Rockaway beaches were listed by the Parks Department last week as being open on weekdays, 11 Rockaway beaches were closed abruptly on Wednesday, angering those who were trying to get some mid-week sun on a 90-degree day.

"I wish they would have told us that the beach was closed before I got here," one Beach 129 Street resident who asked to remain anonymous told The Wave.

"We schlep all the way to the beach from the 500-block with our kids and our wagon and then find the red flags on the lifeguard stands in place of the lifeguards that should have been there."

A spokesperson for City Councilman Joseph Addabbo, who sites on the council’s Parks Committee, said, "We got a list of beaches that were supposed to be open during the week, and today they are closed. I was told by Liam Kavanagh {Deputy Commissioner for Operations for the Parks Department] that the lifeguards union decides which beaches are open and which are closed."

The union told Addabbo’s spokesperson that they would decide "on a daily basis," which beaches should be open and which should be closed."

The beaches that were closed at the last minute are: Beach 19 Street, Beach 20 Street, Beach 61 Street, Beach 84 Street, Beach 85 Street, Beach 121 Street, Beach 123 Street, Beach 125 Street, Beach 127 Street, Beach 129 Street and Beach 135 Street.

"Everyone of those beaches was supposed to be open," Addabbo’s spokesperson said.

In addition, Beach 26 Street to Beach 28 Street and Beach 38 Street to Beach 58 Street are closed due to nesting Piping Plovers.

The stretch of oceanfront between Beach 13 Street to Beach 15 Street has been designated as a "Fishing Only" area.

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