People who love boogie boarding New York City beaches may have to look for a new place to get their wave fix. New York City Parks Department declared to ban the outright use of boogie boards/bodyboards officially from public beaches. Anyone with a boogie board is now prohibited to enter any NYC beach.
The decision to ban boogie boarding was based upon what happened to two kids who were swept out to sea on their boogie boards during Hurricane Bertha.
“Their reasoning is that the boogie boards are a crutch for kids /people that don’t know how to swim and therefore they get themselves into trouble with them,” local and member of the Rockaway Beach Civic Association, Beth Perkins, said to The Gothamist.
Flotation devices were previously outlawed at NYC public beaches. The already existing rule was not strictly enforced previously on boogie boards, which are considered as flotation devices.
Surfboards can still be used in New York, but there was a time that it was illegal until 2005.
The Rockaway Beach Surfers Association started a letter campaign to lift the ban and say that they will protest in a big group together with their boogie boards this weekend if not lifted by Friday.
Rockaway locals thanked the NYC Parks Department for their help in reducing the ban temporarily:
The wave riding community protest has caused the NYC Parks Department to lift the ban in open sections of the beaches, however only until Labor Day, if they do not produce unsafe condition. The NYC Parks Department says they will review the use of boogie boards again after the summer, but will continue to prohibit its use for now.
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