Imagine a plane taking off from JFK to LA with a stop in Chicago. Imagine that it’s first come, first served with no assigned seating. If it’s a full flight I would be quite sure that not many people from Chicago would arrive in LA. The same might be said of the residents of Sunset Park. Airlines have assigned seating with the possibility of standbys getting on the plane. This is how the ferry should be managed.
The ticket machines should allow the ferry riders to pick the time they want to ride. This would alleviate two problems: 1) Overcrowding and spending sometimes hours in line could be mostly eliminated. The only crowd beyond the ticket holders would be the standbys and they can line up in a separate line in hopes of getting on. It’s like the movie theater, if your show is sold out pick the next available one and punch out your ticket. If all ferries are sold out you know it’s time to take the train; and, 2) This would avoid any potential melee that would be sure to happen this summer on the return line from Rockaway.
Can you imagine crowds of people after missing at least one ferry, having to deal with a crowd of kids coming from a party on a hot day after drinking all day? I can imagine them refusing to get in line and pushing to the front. This could get real bad, real fast. If it would be too expensive for NYC Ferry to change the machines, they could give preference to tickets bought online, and those tickets they can monitor before the “sold out” sign goes up.
Dunes and Lifeguards
How does this happen!?
The dunes were heavily damaged on Sunday in the Beach 90s and on other sections of dunes on the peninsula as beachgoers lounged on them. It's obvious, something is wrong! Clear signs are needed to tell people to stay off the dunes. All the money spent on dunes will be wasted otherwise.
I do hope NYC Parks will immediately rectify this very troubling situation and protection of the Rockaway peninsula’s dunes become a top priority for NYC Parks.
This issue of damaged fencing was specifically addressed at the June 15 joint City Council hearing of the Parks, and the Resiliency and Recovery committees. (I presented photos!) It's public record!
Also, for the second day in a row there were no lifeguards at the swimming beach of Beach 92nd-93rd. There were also many unguarded swimming beaches in the Beach 50s, 60s and 70s. These beaches have little to no erosion, so what is the excuse on these beaches? This practice of corralling thousands of people to other guarded swimming beaches many blocks away is extremely unfair.
The burden of lifeguard shortages should be shared equally throughout the peninsula, not just by the neighborhoods east of Beach 116th Street.
I sincerely hope NYC Parks acts fast! I hope they rectify this situation.
Lack of lifeguards on public swimming beaches is an accident waiting to happen and can possibly result in a fatality. Asking a seasonal (non-CPR certified) NYC Parks Security Agent to singlehandedly keep thousands of swimmers out of the water in a red flagged beach is ludicrous!
I sincerely hope NYC Parks will have fences up to protect the dunes and adequate lifeguard protection for the rest of the summer.
Thanks For the Support
I'd like to say thank you to Kevin Boyle and The Rockaway Times which has always supported the needs of Rockaway. I would also like to thank all those who joined us at the beach rally last Sunday. It was so nice to see so many of our neighbors and friends. We must all continue to fight for coastal protection. Each of us can make a difference by writing and calling our elected officials. Kevin has so graciously added a list of our elected officials on page four of every week’s newspaper. Everyone please do what you can by asking for rock jetties, reinforced berms/dunes and sand replenishment. We need these improvements to our shoreline immediately to prevent another hurricane disaster in the Rockaways.
Thanks for an amazing photo contest. Our daughter came in 2nd and is absolutely thrilled. You guys have found a great way to harness and express the great artistic culture that exists in Rockaway.
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