101 Pct Frustration
After living in Rockaway for 21+ years and taking advantage of the wonderful year round recreational activities available here, I am sorry to say that an experience I had this past Friday evening with detectives from the 101st Precinct has me concerned.
I left a friend’s house near Beach 20 Street around 10:30 p.m. and began walking on the boardwalk to my home as I have done numerous times. Several other people were walking on the boardwalk at the time. When I left the boardwalk at Beach 25 Street, two detectives stopped me, asked me for identification which I provided, and issued me a summons for “being in a park after dark”. When did the Rockaway boardwalk get defined as a “Park”? If the 101st Precinct plans to continue giving summonses for being on the boardwalk after dark, then the boardwalk closing hours should clearly be marked on signs. I phoned 311 and was informed that they are not aware of any closing times for the Rockaway boardwalk.
I am frustrated with the experience and am seriously considering moving with my family to another beach community, perhaps Long Beach, where their residents are still treated with the respect that Rockaway residents once experienced.