I should have had this column in last week, but I did not know it was going to be such a spectacular weekend. And I am sure with beach closures and ferry visitors, space will be a hot commodity.
Here is my annual beach etiquette column and it is for all of our new residents and our visitors that were pouring off of the ferry this past week. One loyal reader last year said Kevin should place my column as one of the boardwalk photos, but he has not done that yet. And it is not just for the actual beach but the peninsula in general.
Rule 1: When you get to the beach and there is a lot of space, please do not sit directly on top of people already at the beach. I never understand why someone who has never seen me or met me before wants to sit so close to me? Don’t you want your own space as well?
1b: This also goes to setting up a huge crew directly in front of someone. Many times the residents know that the tide will be coming in as the day goes on and you sitting directly in front of them is both blocking their view and now creates a problem when you have to move when the tide comes up the beach. I truly think this rule will be broken as the beaches close to the ferry are so small from boardwalk to shore and many beaches are closed.
Rule 2: I love music. Our group often has a radio on the beach. However, when your music is so loud that the entire beach cannot even hear their conversation, that is rude. 2b: This noise rule also applies to vulgar language. Rockaway is a family-oriented beach, so please respect that families with children that are surrounding you.
Rule 3: Clean up after yourself. This was said in Robert Fulghum’s book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. One of his things he listed 25 years ago was: clean up your own mess. This is not beach etiquette; it is etiquette in general. This is especially for Beach Channel Drive around the ferry, please do not clean out your beach bag onto Beach Channel Drive. Also, if you know your teenagers are heading to the beach (day or night) send them with a garbage bag.
Rule 4: Dress appropriately. Shirts and pants are not optional.
PS. Thank you for all of your support last week regarding the parking regulations. We only had a few naysayers.
Have a great Memorial Day Weekend.
By Beth Hanning