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Thursday, July 26, 2007
No. 120

Catch A Wave At Rockaway Beach: Parks Designates The City’s Second Surf Beach

DATE: Friday, July 27th, 2007

TIME: 11:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Beach 67th Street , Rockaway Beach, Queens

EVENT & PHOTO-OP: Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Assembly Member Audrey Pheffer, and local surfers will celebrate the opening of New York City’s second surf beach at Beach 67-69. If the waves are pumping, surfers will also hit the water.

DETAILS: Prior to 2005 it was considered illegal to surf in New York City but Assembly Member Pheffer and Council Member Joseph Addabbo, Jr. worked to overturn a provision in the state’s health code dating back to 1850 that prohibited even visiting the beach unless lifeguards were on duty. Changing that law was the final obstacle in the path toward making Rockaway Beach’s B. 87-91 the first legally surfable beach within New York City limits. Today there are two locations where the surf community can catch the waves of Rockaway Beach.

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CONTACT: Warner Johnston / Abigail Lootens (212) 360-1311

Related Press Release:
Surf, Surf, Surf Away at Rockaway Beach

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