2012-06-15 / Top Stories

Full Complement Of Lifeguards By July

By Miriam Rosenberg

“By July we should have a full complement of lifeguards [on Rockaway’s beaches].” That is what Jill Weber, the Parks Department’s Admin-istrator for Rockaway, told The Wave earlier this week.

In the meantime, with many lifeguards still in school, Weber said that Parks is “doing its best to get as many lifeguards on the beach during weekends as possible.”

There are also three areas that are getting special attention from the department – Beach 28 to Beach 29 Streets, which is new since last year; Beach 60 to Beach 61 Streets, which has seen an increase of residents in the area; and Beach 74 to Beach 75 Streets.

In addition to the beaches that will have to wait until school age lifeguards become available, there is also the area between Beach 38 Street and Beach 58 Street that does not allow beachgoers.

That is a federally protected area for the piping plover to nest and hatch its eggs until they are ready to leave, usually in late August.

While many Rockaway residents complain about the inability to use this area, during a wildlife tour of the area in 2005 an urban park ranger explained the importance of the fenced off habitat between Beach 38 and 58 Streets.

“It is the only spot on the east coast where the plover nests and hatches their eggs,” said Officer Bodden. “Without this spot, they will become extinct.”

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