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Luckily, Blaz has no authority over the state beaches. I went out to RM yesterday (Saturday). The place was unreal. F5 was closed shortly after 11AM. The lot at F4 was decently crowded- BUT, people were (for the most part) doing their due diligence with distancing and masks when necessary. We got there just before 11am and staked out a spot. 6 chairs, 6 feet apart and 2 big blankets for the kids of each family to sit on separately. When they played "together", the kids all had their masks on. No shared coolers or lunch bags, etc...

Like I said, just about everyone was doing the same thing. spreading out and trying to keep to their own space. There were some larger parties in the parking lot near the solar panels who did the same- each family had their space, another was an acceptable distance way, etc...

They are going to have to come up with a detailed plan soon for the "real" season. My guess is limiting the lots to 50% of capacity, Eventually, they will need LG's- but I figure they will be solo chairs with walkies, but a bit closer together than the usual double manned setup. That will hopefully spread out the beachgoers, since they seem to gather near the stands. Another thing that might help in the short term is actually charging admission (it has been free since the normal April 1st start). Since most of the restrooms are closed and no food concessions, maybe they could consider food trucks spread around the lots to avoid congestion.

What I DID see were actual State Police on Quads doing some patrolling, along with the usual Park Security. I didn't see them actually warn anybody, but you could see that they were looking at various groups. I think just the appearance of those guys was a good deterrent.

If they looked around the country to see what other people are doing as opposed to the Gestapo tactics that NYC has been famous for... only to back off a bit after they realize it's WAY too costly, or political suicide, you might get some kind of plan worked out. I've thought that Hawaii has one of the best solutions. Yes, the beaches are "closed", but you may use them for exercise or ocean sports activities, which include walking, jogging, surfing, kayaking, etc... You can't just plop your blanket down with your homies and sit around and party.
But you know the drill, Blaz will lock them down and put a parkie at every access with a cop close by to arrest anyone who dares cross the line. When the heat starts, and the crowds (and voters) can't use the beach, while Long Island beaches are open (with strict guidelines, I presume), the "Racism" card will come out. The City will relent a bit, then some idiot will go swimming after dark and drown, and the cries will be about why weren't they closed down. Nobody will win in this worst case scenario. NOW is the time to get the local residents, their representatives, and the Parks Department together on a reasonable plan to keep access to the beach. If you wait until THEY make a rash decision without local input, we're done for. There will be accusations, lawsuits, name calling as it gets through the process. By then it will be November

There were at least 200 surfers in the span of 1 mile on the eastern end of LB yesterday.  Ton of them piled in cars at the town parking lot.  Absolutely ridiculous.

Was out in Central last week. 4 guys come out, all scrambling next to each other. I was WAY down towards LH. I walked back to the car to change and check on emails and such. While sitting behind car in the sun, they all came back.. together, of course. changed out, and piled into a club cab pickup. Okay, it's decent sized truck, but c'mon, can't get 6 ft apart in one cab.

Sounds like a great event. Unfortunately Iíll be in the OBX that week and unable to help

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Was able to grab some DP leftovers this AM before it was gone. Felt good to get back in after lots of other obligations the past couple of months

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How the hell did I miss the paddle out? I heard nothing! :(

Live now- Balaram Stack's heat is on NOW

Da Hui Backdoor Shootout: Day Five

Hopefully, dredging will open up "OB'ies" again.  8)

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Hereís the GoFundMe link

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What great tribute to Tim. Great turnout in crappy weather. More smiles than tears and thatís the way I think he would have liked it.

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What a crappy way to get a Flea reunion...

See you there...

In case there are those that can't access Thomas' FB page or read tribute, here it is:

I am so bewildered & confused. Itís hard to understand this but my old friend Tim Hill passed away today. So young. We had some of the most wild & crazy times together. Like a weird family. His weird bent wrist hand shakes. We have silly stories of parties, him passed out in a Brooklyn bar as an old drunk drew on his face, the time he pulled his pants down & skated down 5th in Park Slope Brooklyn mocking the new hipsters moving in & embarassing a few ladies. Lol! He was 1 of the original ďSand FleasĒ our semi fictional surf club when there wasnít allot of surfers in NYC. We had had each other, a rag tag mix of personalities joined for the common purpose of surfing & comradery & literally marathons of partying. He BBQed in the middle of winter with 2 foot of snow around him in flip flops, board shorts & a 70ís Hawaiin shirt. He seemed impervious to the cold. Jess was just looking at his Bananas Foster recipe that he wrote & drew silly pictures on for us. He loved good blues & country songs. Quoted them constantly. He was cynical as they come, a classic Indie rocker with his scratchy voice, rebutted everything. Hated if anything got too clicky. He was a deep thinker, full of conviction & gave you an opinion wether you wanted or needed it or not. I argued with him so many times on that. We drove day & night in an old van partying around New York City like a weird bunch teens blasting punk rock music & laughing it up annoying the town like we were out of an 80ís Molly Ringwald movie. He had a rough patch for a while & cut his friends off to heal, get healthy and when he was ready, he lived true to his ďTransformĒ tattoo & he came back with his usually rough outlook & comical remarks. His hard work in the community led to the city granting him a community garden on 91st st & it helped spread happiness through the area long before the gentrification we see today. He seemed rough on the outside but much like any artist, they love as hard as they think. He met his wife Kiva & that was it. He changed. He was absolutely entrenched in her life & then he had their duaghter & Tim found his calling. He loved his lil baby girl & a healthy beam of pride radiated like a new scientific discovery that changed the world. A while back he started having weird seizures. Made no sense & he told me Docs couldnít figure it out but as time went on it seemed to be correcting itself. He got the ok to surf & drive. (This was what he explained to me) I got the message that yesterday he had one again & he went into cardiac arrest. He died today & I canít emote correctly. I feel sad but think about him & smile over his whacky stories. I loved him as a friend & was so camp about my annoying moments with him. Took it for granted but like family you donít think about it till itís too late. Itís really difficult to get. It hurts on the top of my head & its numb on my right ear just thinking about today & his family. Tim, my old friend, Iím sorry. Hope you rest peacefully & know that through it all, we all loved you. You weird sonovabitch of an old soul, you are part of my life story, I am you & You are me. Iíll miss you. Rockaway will miss you. Uhg.... Iím so sorry for your loss Kiva. We are thinking of you. RIP Tim Hill. SFSC forever homie. Just Damn.

A true Sandflea... Aloha.

are you sure you aren't talking about Miss December?
It's been a while...sponger....

When the opportunity arises....

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