To The Editor:
With regards to the article “Very Unsafe Surf” by Michèle De Meglio and Thomas Tracy (“Bay News,” July 31 issue), they should be more educated about the subject prior to doing an article.
Yes there have been drownings…drownings by children that should have been better watched (supervised) by their parents. How you allow 10-year-olds to go so deep in the water is beyond my scope of good parenting.
My heart goes out to the family for the loss of that beautiful little girl but she should never have been where she was. Coney Island nor Brighton Beach have riptides. Yes there are riptides in Far Rockaway. Brighton Beach is a bay which is protected by land and the water is like glass, no waves, no riptides and no danger. Why we are victim to the situation around us is beyond me.
Close the beaches? How dare you. We who live here and enjoy our (my) beaches are being thrown into this vicious circle with Gestapo Parks Department personnel guarding the beaches and putting local residents through hell just for dipping in their home beach waters, which is as dangerous as pool water.
I walk the boardwalk and see five and six lifeguards milling around on some beaches, while other beaches have none, playing with their surf boards, flirting with girls, never really doing anything, but enjoying their summer along with everyone else who are depending on them for safety.
Bay One and other bays are favored…no train stations there, but someone who runs the show must live there, why only those beaches with life guards in Brighton Beach and others like Bay Seven (7) that has a train station, never has a lifeguard and residents suffer with the constant bull of the “Parks Department.”
Boats, motor skis run rampant through the water. Guys play with hardballs, hitting people going by, Men go fishing, throwing their dangerous hooks into the surf next to swimmers, umbrellas run wild, not anchored properly, they blow into people unaware and relaxing.
Parks Department personnel run rampant with their smelly, bad running gasoline jeeps (choking and gagging happy people just trying to relax and get fresh air) all over the beach — these are the dangers to us here in Brighton Beach, not riptides.
Florida beaches (for the most part) with their sharks, bugs, etc., do not have lifeguards — they merely put signs up with flag colored warnings: “Swim at your own risk.”
New York should make a public announcement that if you cannot take responsibility to supervise your own children, then keep them off the beach. New York should state that no suit against the city will be recognized because you swim with responsibility for yourself.
In conclusion, be fair and smart, not stupid, stay off our beaches if you cannot patrol yours and yourself.