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.