Four months ago, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver closed multiple beaches in Rockaway Beach due to severe erosion.
He cited concern for the difficulties NYC Lifeguards would have keeping these beaches safe for swimming. Commissioner Silver also voiced his concerns that limited recreational beach space would lead to sunbathers and beachgoers migrating onto what is left of the already severely damaged protective sacrificial dune.
By closing the beaches of Rockaway Beach, the Commissioner, thankfully, has clearly acknowledged, on behalf of the City of New York, that the protection, which was recommended in New York City’s SIRR (Special Initiative for Recovery and Rebuilding), has been a complete and utter failure. This massive