Thank you so much for all of your emails this past week. Everyone seems to be on the same page with people needing beach etiquette. I just want to note these rules are for everyone, not just our visitors. My favorite email was from Kevin Reilly who has a great idea that the “influential editor of the Rockaway Times persuade the Parks Department to include them (my rules) in posters strung along the boardwalk in strategic locations, just as posters advising about swimming safety are distributed.”
Rule 4: PDAs. Our beach is a public beach, not a private beach on a romantic getaway. You may hold hands but do not make out in the water or on your blanket. I have seen women straddling their partner on their blanket, on a weekend! Thanks.
Rule 5: As far as beach umbrellas go, we do not want someone to get impaled while trying to enjoy a sunny day at the beach. I understand skin cancer and sunburn are factors in you wanting to sit underneath the shade, but you need to put in some effort. Dig a hole and make sure it is securely in the sand. It does take some work. If you need help, ask. I am sure each beach has an umbrella guru. We have plenty.
Rule 6: Do not change your clothes on the beach. Walk to the nearest restroom and change out of your bathing suit into the attire you wish to wear for your commute home. No one wants to see this. Also, do not take a full shower with soap and shampoo at the showers on the boardwalk. Those showers are for cleaning off the sand, not your full body shower.
Rule 7: This rule is not really for the beach but it applies to walking around the streets and in the neighborhood businesses. Shirts and shoes are not optional. Put them on. I do not care if you are thin and can rock the look, many of you cannot. This rule especially goes into effect after dark. I recently saw a young lady with a great shape in a bikini and a sarong eating a dinner at a local restaurant after dark. Don’t worry though, she did have on a mask.
Rule 8: Do not feed the seagulls…We locals call them the beach rats. Would you feed a rat on the subway? I do not think so. Please do not leave food around as it will attract the beach rats. The seagulls are resourceful. They will practically unlock your zip lock bag and get to your sandwich.
Rule #9: Be aware of your surroundings. Do not shake out your sandy towel while people are sitting behind you. (Also, please see rules from last week about not sitting so close to people). After you get your umbrella situated firmly in the sand, I know the next step is applying sunscreen. Again, do not spray wildly so that the whole beach is now tasting your Coppertone spray.
By Beth Hanning