Count on Parks. Well, one thing is pretty consistent every beach season, the NYC Parks Department throws a stink bomb on the beach blanket. The announcement of beach closures comes late, the reasoning of such closures comes half-baked, and the delivery comes from who-knows-who? The Press office (who are just taking orders from ???? ) makes the announcement, there’s an uproar, and then some tweaks are made. And even then, you have to be a puzzle-solver to figure out which beaches are closed completely, which allow swimming, and which are limited to just “sand.” Maddening.
An underrated aspect of this annual baloney is the general pall it casts on Rockaway. Visitors, and even people who live nearby, have to ask themselves, are