A Summer Season To Look Forward To
On May 25, the Department of Parks officially opened the beaches in Rockaway with a ceremony presided over by Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski. The city’s beaches were actually opened the day before the Rockaway ceremony when Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Benepe held a ceremony in Coney Island. Coney Island gets the Mayor, Rockaway gets the leftovers once again. This summer, however, promises to be a good one for Rockaway residents, as well as for the three or four million DFDs who come to visit us each summer. The promise is that the majority of beaches will be open beginning on Memorial Day and by the beginning of July, all of the beaches that do not have encumbrances such as piping plovers will be open daily. Once again, the boardwalk will host a number of eating establishments that promise everything from the standard beach fare to tacos, arepas and lobster rolls. In addition, there will be entertainment at the food vendors and some of them will even offer special dinner menus after the beaches close for the day. Always remember, however, that, according to the NYC Parks Department, Rockaway is the only true ocean beach in New York City and, as such, can be dangerous. Follow the rules. Do not go into the water when lifeguards are off duty. Follow directions from the lifeguards. Do not drink alcoholic beverages and then take a swim. Do not leave personal belongings unattended. Remember also that smoking is illegal on the beach this summer and that taking a puff might earn you a $100 fine. Finally, keep the beach and boardwalk clean so that others can enjoy it as much as you did. Be safe and have a fun summer.