Long Islanders, while never pleased to pay them, generally expect admission costs when it comes to parks, beaches and other facilities; rates are just a part of everyday life.
However, it came as a shock to “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery, who got tapped for the daily fee to hang out on Long Beach before his appearance at the “American Idol Live! Tour 2011” concert taking place at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday, August 23 at 7 p.m.
From June 18-September 5, anyone 13 years of age and older must pay $12 to take in the sands and ocean past the boardwalk (between 9 a.m.-6 p.m.), and although this is common practice, the winner of ‘Idol’s 10th season took umbrage and handled it in most modern fashion: he tweeted about it. Which subsequently got picked up by Taste of Country.
His first post on the matter stated: “chillin at Long Beach, Long Island and you have to pay to go on the beach? I ain't never heard of such.. #criminal” and was soon followed up with expanded criticism, tweeting “and the beach ain't even nice. tractors going over the sand, planes flying over head makin noise, n no waves. OuterBanks, NC > LongBeach”
“OuterBanks, NC” refers to the beaches of Outer Banks in North Carolina, where there is no usage fee (and also no parking charges).
An hour later, his apparent rage unabated, he added a third tweet:
“just think if they made Christopher Columbus pay to pull up at the beach.. what if he didn't have his wallet on him like me? smh..”
However, after checking the 17-year-old country singer and North Carolina native’s Twitter page, there were no more tweets on the subject, nor any mention of other issues with Long Island pricing -- including anything concerning the $60-a-ticket cost to see his “Idol Live” Coliseum show.