The new red and white signs on the boardwalk that list the beach and boardwalk rules for the coming summer season have sparked lots of anger and controversy in Rockaway. The sings say, “Welcome to the Beach. Please be courteous and respectful to others and help to keep the beach clean. Have a fun and safe time.” Many locals, however, believe that the rules listed on the sign will retard the ability of beachgoers to have fun. For example, the beach is now closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. The boardwalk is closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Those who once erected beach tarpaulins or tents may no longer do so. There is no cooking allowed on the beach. There are no surfboards or other flotation devices allowed.