2010-06-11 / Letters

Piping Plovers Take Precedence Over Residents

Dear Editor,

Mr. Kavanagh, we need your help! We need your advocacy! We need your support!

It seems that piping plovers were more important than young children and their parents, senior citizens, and city dwellers looking to cool off at Far Rockaway’s public beach this past Memorial Day weekend. The birds have a cordoned off area for six city blocks from Beach 23 Street to Beach 29 Street and staff to watch them and their nesting areas. Meanwhile, New York City residents and their visitors were denied swimming in the ocean from Beach 17 Street and higher (until you got to the west end of the Rockaways) be-cause there were no lifeguards.

Our neighborhood of Far Rockaway always has to fight for lifeguards and having access to our public beach in the summer, and, quite frankly, it’s tiresome, exhausting and deflating. At the very “ least, please install one life guard stand at Beach 23 Street and one at Beach 29 Street.

My neighbors and I are hopeful that you will honor this request.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


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