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Public needs to respect ordinances

Long Beach officials have asked the U.S. Army

Long Beach officials have asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change its beach protection project schedule, which would create groins and jetties, like this one shown at Atlantic Beach, during the busy summer months. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Public needs to respect ordinances

I agree wholeheartedly with Bayville Mayor Paul Rupp’s comment about people attempting to get away with whatever they can [“Mayor’s get-a-life posts anger,” News, June 21].

This is so because so many laws and codes of villages, towns and counties rely on voluntary compliance which, in my estimation, brings utter noncompliance. Another recent example is people walking out on the new Long Beach jetties, which is prohibited because of the safety hazard [“Not on the rocks,” News, June 20].

Many people believe these restrictions apply to others, not themselves, and consequently nothing is observed. Today’s public attitude is “me first” and instant gratification.

For regulations to be followed, the public will have to adopt a completely different mindset.

Joseph Fasano, Massapequa Park

The article “Not on the rocks” should have read “Not in the water.”

I was surprised at the new Long Beach island jetties. I’m sure there was some thought put into this project — or maybe not.

Between the jetties were tons of seaweed, debris and garbage that normally would have been flushed out by the tides. The seaweed on land smelled to high heaven.

They want to fine us for walking on the jetties. Maybe we should fine them for ruining our beach. You can’t go in the water because of the seaweed and garbage, so what’s the use? I will find another beach.

Michael Appice, Westbury

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