Expand the city's beach access
Jun 01, 2016 | 8573 views | 0 0 comments | 196 196 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Despite the impending reports of rain and gloomy skies, the past weekend was a perfect kick-off to beach season in New York City. The only problem is that the beach season is too short.

Take a look at the average weather in September now. It almost reads hotter than all of June. So it makes almost no sense that Labor Day is the end of the beach season when temperatures are still hitting the 80s and even the 90s some days.

Admittedly, most of the lifeguards that protect our beaches and make sure residents are safe – and we saw what can happen last week when you take a dip before the lifeguards are on duty – are only seasonal employees.

Many of them go back to school, but in this economy it's hard to argue that adding more jobs, even if it's just for three extra weeks, is a bad thing. Especially since lifeguards are DC 37 employees and will enjoy that major bump in hourly wages that the de Blasio administration is promising.

Many college kids would probably love to come home on the weekend and make a few extra hundred dollars.

The daily beach hours need to be longer too for safety. People are going to swim when it's light and hot out, regardless of whether or not there's a lifeguard there. And with spots like Rockaway becoming increasingly more popular, that means more people on the beach for longer hours, which is why lifeguards need to stay on duty to at least 7 p.m.
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