2013-08-09 / Letters

Reasonableness Needed

Dear Editor:

I read with interest the letter by Andy Lauro. He is absolutely correct. In the early 70's I was a lifeguard at the Beach 106th Street shack. I sat guard on Beach 101st and Beach 98th Street. There was no beach at that time at high tide and we sat on the stairs. There were no lifeguard chairs but the beaches were open. We policed the beach and didn’t lose a soul. Fast forward to about 15 years ago when I went to the beach with my family and was told the water was "closed." I did not challenge the Park Police (PEP's) until they told me to get out of the ankle-deep water. A confrontation ensued between me and the "beach Nazis.” There needs to be reasonable enforcement of the rules by someone that can actually swim. This is especially true for beaches mostly consisting of residents, who know the water.

PETER GALVIN

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100% agree with you. I had a

100% agree with you. I had a similar incident where I was literally only in the water up to my ankles. The park 'police' came running over screaming at me to get out of the water because I wasn't allowed to swim there. I told her even though I was sure she didn't know how to swim, she should know that you need to be in at least past your ankles in order to give it a go.

authority/power, given to

authority/power, given to the ignorant is dangereous. just add it to the list of an idiots guide to patrolling rockaway beach. still can swim,rip tides and all,even though 60,after all only been doing it for 50 years


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