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NYC Parks Department makes dubious history for ocean-facing international cities following Bertha.
Hypothetically, if you were in charge of safely servicing the public, would you ban subways because a couple people felt claustrophobic? Would you ban elevators due to some unfortunate cases of vertigo? The world is, after all, an “enter at your own risk” proposition at best. And the ocean is no different.
But in a knee-jerk reaction to two children being carried out to sea during August’s Bertha swell, the NYC Parks Department officially banned the use of bodyboards at Big Apple beaches, most notably Rockaway Beach.
We’re not talking about surfboards, or kiteboards, or SUPs -- but bodyboards. Boogies. Sponges -- the most innocuous of surfcraft; usually the last thing to be outlawed at any beach.
In fact, according to the Rockaway Times, this may be “the first time in history that an ocean-facing international city has banned the outright use of boogie boards.” The restriction was placed on all New York City beaches after an official directive trickled down from Parks Department Rockaways Administrator Jill Weber on August 6th. While safety seems to be the primary motivation for the ban, the decision doesn’t consider “boogie boards” as recreational watercraft, but as “floatation devices.”
Written by Matt Pruett @ surfline.com
So far, the NYC Parks Department has been hesitant to respond, much less provide an official statement to either the Rockaway Times or the Gothamist, much less Surfline’s calls and emails; however, a PEP employee leaked to the Gothamist that the official directive came from Weber, who told a reporter, “There has been an increased use of them and we have to ban them for people’s safety.
originally posted by: Vasa Croe
The Wussification of America....ban boogie boards....now THAT is a major world issue we need to take care of RIGHT NOW people. They seriously had nothing better to do than write a bill on this? Sad.