NYC Mayor de Blasio burns Memorial Day beach economy with police threats
De Blasio on coronavirus beach regulations: I’ve been very clear
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio clarifies coronavirus beach regulations and the NYPD’s summer plan approaching Memorial Day Weekend.
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Memorial Day weekend in New York City won’t look quite the same as years past, as the novel coronavirus pandemic has caused beaches to be closed for large gatherings, sports, celebrating and even swimming.
Mayor Bill De Blasio said during a Friday press conference the Parks Department will be the first line of enforcement, with the NYPD around to step in when necessary.
"Anyone who's unhappy about that, anyone who thinks it's unfair, the buck stops with me," he said, as he laid out the rules for which activities would and would not be allowed on beaches.
De Blasio said more than 150 Parks Department personnel will be "out there in force to get the word out" at city beaches. And the city will also be adding to the NYPD's usual summer detail, with hundreds of officers on patrol.
"If things are going well, they are going to be in the background. If there are gatherings, if there are people trying to go into the water, Parks is gonna take the lead, but if they need support from the NYPD, they will have it."
For stir-crazy New Yorkers, it means they’ll have to find another option or leave the city altogether. But for some small business owners, such as those who run the shops, amusements and restaurants along Brooklyn’s famous Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk, it means their livelihood is at stake with a significant loss of beachgoers.
Alexandra Silversmith, executive director of the Alliance for Coney Island, said the small businesses located on the Brooklyn island are bracing for a 75 percent drop in sales this Memorial Day weekend compared to previous years.
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“Something that people don't realize actually is a lot of these are family-owned – really are mom and pop in that sense and are intergenerational businesses, so there's a lot of history there,” Silversmith told FOX Business. “Generally this is their bread and butter, so this is what they have sort of built their lives around.”