2008-06-27 / Letters

In Support Of The Parking And Beer Bans

Dear Editor,

I'm writing to you in response to your editorial, pertaining to the summer parking ban and the beer on the beach restrictions. Unlike you and a myriad of other people on the peninsula, I consider these restrictions absolutely imperative and a good thing for our community.

The consumption of alcohol on the beach should not be allowed under any circumstances. This is because those who are inebriated threaten the lives of themselves and others. This is due to the presence of the ocean next to the beach which somebody who is under the influence of alcohol could easily drown in. Additionally, the beach is supposed to be a family friendly environment and parents should not have to worry about their children encountering drunkards. Even if drinking was allowed on the beach barring reasonable limitations, it would be difficult to enforce the regulations. As a result it is necessary to ban all drinking at all times on the beach.

On the issue of summer parking there are many reasons to not lift the ban. One of them is the infrastructure of the Belle Harbor-Neponsit area cannot accommodate visiting beachgoers. This is due to the lack of public facilities such as bathhouses and restrooms which if the parking regulations were lifted could lead to public safety and health hazards for non-Rockaway residents. Do you want people relieving themselves on your front lawn? Also, there is not enough mass transit service and roads entering and leaving the peninsula which would allow for the traffic experienced by most beach communities during the summer.

Another problem presented by lifting the parking regulations is the continual maintenance and preservation of the beach environment and the prevention of overcrowding. More people frequenting the beach would lead to more pollution and ultimately the destruction of a pristine setting. Contrary to the opinion of The Wave editorial board as expressed in the editorial one thing Rockaway should not do is try to emulate Coney Island.

Because of the aforementioned argument I believe it is prudent and necessary to ban parking and beer on the beach.


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