2007-06-15 / Community

Second Surfing Beach In The Works

By Brian Magoolaghan

Rockaway's surfing-only beach is so popular that the Department of Parks and Recreation wants to establish another one in Arverne as soon as possible.

Community Board 14 voted unanimously Tuesday night to support Parks' bid for another surfing-only spot between Beach 67 and Beach 69 Streets.

Dan Mundy, the chair of CB14's Public Safety and Parks Committee, said the high volume of surfers flocking to Rockaway's surfing only beach is behind the department's move and recommended a trial in Arverne, with a review after this summer.

Parks approached the board just about two weeks ago with the idea of adding a second surfing-only spot to alleviate congestion on Beach 90 Street, according to CB14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska.

"It has been such a success that, at times, the complaint has been that it's too crowded there and we need another location," said Gaska.

Parks and several surfer organizations that are active in Rockaway toured the beaches and selected Beach 67 Street.

"Not every spot on the beach is conducive to surfing," Gaska explained.

Beach 67 Street also has its own subway stop on the A Line and figures prominently into the Breakers section of Arverne By The Sea.

Surfing-only beaches are open year-round and are not monitored by lifeguards. Rockaway's first surfing only beach was established on Beach 90 Street in April of 2005, after Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer spearheaded an effort to change part of the state law that the city had said prevented it from establishing such beaches for surfers.

A date has not been set for the designation of the new surfing-only beach in Arverne.

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