New Yorkers should be allowed on Long Island beaches: de Blasio

New Yorkers should be allowed on Long Island beaches: de Blasio

New York City residents should be allowed on Long Island’s beaches, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday — after being ripped as “irresponsible” by a top Nassau County pol for closing the Big Apple’s own shores amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“This should not be about any ill feeling toward people depending on where they come from,” de Blasio told WPIX 11 News.

A day earlier, a rep for Nassau County Executive Laura Curran had blasted the mayor’s decision to keep city beaches closed for Memorial Day weekend and at least till mid-June — calling the move “irresponsible and short-sighted” as city dwellers will be sure to flock to the neighboring open beaches

The back-and-forth came as Nassau County’s legislature prepared a measure to ban non-county residents from the county’s Nickerson Beach. Neighboring Suffolk County already approved such a measure Monday.

Proponents say the move is necessary to keep the Long Island beaches from being flooded by city residents amid state-imposed limits on shore crowd sizes and social-distancing rules.

But de Blasio said Tuesday that even with the state’s restrictions, there shouldn’t be a problem with city residents flocking to Long Island’s shores.

“There are really clear limits on beaches that will be open, and everyone needs to respect that to keep us all healthy and safe in the entire metropolitan area,’’ he said.

DeBlasio’s call for Long Island to open its beaches to New Yorkers was a far cry from the hard line he vowed to take with anyone who swam on city beaches in recent days.

“Anyone tries to get in the water, they’ll be taken right out of the water,” the mayor said Monday.

A day earlier, he said, “If people don’t get it right, if we start to see a lot of violation of those rules, up will come the fences closing off those beaches.”

After de Blasio’s Tuesday remarks, Curran firmly sided with fellow Nassau County legislators and backed closing the shoreline to non-residents, at least until the city reopens its own beaches.

Jones Beach, on Nassau’s South Shore, is a state park and still will be open to all, although under the social-distancing guidelines.

Towns in Nassau that have their own beaches, including Oyster Bay, Hempstead and North Hempstead, will be making their own decisions on whether to allow non-residents amid the contagion.

City Hall defensively responded to Curran’s keep-out warning, saying, “Opening our beaches puts all our people and progress in jeopardy and would cause dangerous overcrowding on public transportation — a lesser factor in other areas.

“What is important for all of us to focus on is limiting the number of people on beaches, not where they come from.”

But state Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Nassau) ripped de Blasio’s crash-the-beach sentiment saying, “It’s a shame Long Island has to turn away city beachgoers to protect its residents and ensure safe beaches, but until the mayor gets his act together and makes his own beaches safe, that’s the only responsible move.”

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