Rockaway Beach Closed

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Rockaway Beach Residents Miffed At Partial Closure As Summer Season Starts

May 26, 2018 - 12:14 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- It's the unofficial start to summer, but one stretch of Rockaway Beach will be off limts to those hoping to enjoy it.

Residents aren't happy after hearing that the 11-block stretch in the heart of Rockaway Beach will be closed for the summer season.

"I think that stinks," one man told WCBS 880's Mike Sugerman. "Really? So the tax payer's money for this and that's what's going on there? Wow."

The city made the announcement last week giving residents little time to deal with the blow that will come with the loss of its biggest moneymaker during its busiest time.

"I'm just wondering why they decided to do it now during the summer months," one resident said

The beach is apparently eroded and too rocky with not enough sand, so the city and the Army Corps of Engineers will work to fix it. It was bad before, but made worse by Hurricane Sandy.

In the meantime, it could be crowded on the rest of Rockaway Beach which remains open.

The city's other seven beaches will also be open through Labor Day. That's 14 miles of beach including Orchard Beach in the Bronx, Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn, and Midland Beach, South Beach, Cedar Grove Beach, and Wolfe's Pond Park on Staten Island.

Lifeguards will be on duty every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The city's outdoor pools open on June 27.