One and one half miles, each way, in sand. Most people can't make that walk. What about people with families? How are we expected to do the thing that we love, with the people we love?
Have you ever noticed that the beaches with parking close to the water are filled with people, sitting in their vehicles, watching the water. Those people are not lazy. And don't dare call them disabled. That is not how they view themselves. They are just not capable of walking a hundred yards across sand to the water. Don't they have a right to the ocean? I know the lifeguards could wheel them to the water in one of those PVC giant tire contraptions. These people don't want that. It's about dignity. If they could legally use one of the 4X4 accessible beaches, they would. Until two years ago you had to be fishing to access one of those beaches.
Now the State of NY allows surfers access at just two beaches. Not the general public.
In 1987 the United States Coast Guard classified windsurfers as surfboards; not vessels. In 1991 The US Coast Guard reiterated that position. Windsurfers ARE Surfboards.
I am allowed to Drive to Democrat Point, and Gilgo State Park with my surfing gear.
I am allowed to surf at Democrat Point, and Gilgo State Park. From my truck, with my family.
I am allowed to Drive to Democrat Point, and Gilgo State Park with my windsurfing gear.