2013-01-04 / Community

Beach Walk Marks NewYear’s Day


Braving brisk winds and bundled against freezing temperatures, an intrepid group takes a New Year’s Day walk along the beach near Fort Tilden. Although officially cancelled, a small number of people still came out to celebrate this 30 year tradition. Braving brisk winds and bundled against freezing temperatures, an intrepid group takes a New Year’s Day walk along the beach near Fort Tilden. Although officially cancelled, a small number of people still came out to celebrate this 30 year tradition. Despite being officially cancelled, a group of 17 people informally turned up for a New Year’s Day hike along the beach near Fort Tilden, a 30-year tradition of the American Littoral Society.

According to Northeast Chapter Director Don Riepe, although the wellknown dunes were flattened the beach area was fine for hiking. “Once again, as they have done for years ,” Riepe said, “the group unsuccessfully tried to communicate (via flashing signals) with another Littoral Society group hiking a beach in New Jersey.”

“We’ll have another ‘belated’ New Year’s Day Walk for the many people who didn’t come,” he said.

“Once the beach and Fort Tilden are officially opened by the National Park Service, I’ll schedule a ‘Bigger, Better, Belated Beach Walk’. I hope that it will be soon as the beach and Fort look fine right now,”

Riepe, a Broad Channel resident, noted that he has been involved with the New Year’s Day beach walks since 1982. Normally between 50 and 60 people attend the early morning January 1st outing.

The society along with NYC Audubon will conduct monthly nature and bird walks at the Jamaica Bay Refuge and other Gateway sites in 2013. For more information call 917-371-8577 or e-mail: donriepe@gmail.com.

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