As some have noted, we’re about at the ninth month anniversary of Sandy. Somehow, everybody’s overlooked the year anniversary of another Rockaway event. How did we forget the year anniversary of NO NUDES on the beach?! It was just last July when nudists from Bay One at Riis Park started drifting onto the beaches of Neponsit. Or at least rumor was the nudists would start to strut their stuff on family friendly beaches in Neponsit because a fence had been destroyed and not been repaired. The nudists – generally those people who should never be nude- -- were heard to say, the fence is down, let’s roll!
Of course, there was an outcry. And, of course, there was front page coverage in The Wave. And there was a rally. If you had clothes on you were one side and if you were nude you were on the other. If you were a guy in a speedo and black socks you hadn’t made up your mind yet.
It must be said, the nudists were firm in their position and, thankfully, none of them were on the fence, so to speak.
Remarkably, even then, The Parks Department managed to come off as part villain. Parks and Gateway refused to reinstall the fence that had been destroyed during Hurricane Irene, the fence that had separated the bathing suits and the birthday suits for decades. A Parks spokesperson said all people “should have free passage.” A Gateway guy was more direct: “We have no interest in rebuilding the fence.” Fully clothed politicians---none of them named Carlos Danger--- vowed to continue the fight – and then Sandy struck.
And we know how that changed priorities. It was no longer about Lady Godiva but Mother Nature. People wanted more sand on the beach, not more clothes. The conversation shifted from beach balls to baffle walls.
Although there’s more focus on trap bags than saddle bags these days, the issue is far from over. The Wave has learned that the Army Corps will do what Parks and Gateway refused. The Army Corps won’t install a fence but a protective dune system they’re calling moons behind the dunes.
Boyleing Points: Last week, I suggested Rockaway could use a column about the bar scene. An inquiry came in right away: Can the bar scene writer still write their article if they can't remember what happened??
Ha! Good point -- an obvious occupational hazard. My advice: Well, do what I do, just make it up.