Unused Fun

Aug 09, 2017

To the Editor:

With Harvey Cedars being the last holdout for surfing outside the flags, I would ask the decision makers to consider two points. We live on an island. Coastal water use is primary, first and foremost, any way and always. People may ask, “Why open the beach to use outside the flagged areas?” Perhaps the question should be “Why not?”

Safety may be the response, but no anecdotal evidence from other municipalities has been presented that problems occur when surfers and swimmers use our waters in tandem. It could be surmised that if there were a problem, the practice would have been altered.

A possibility could even be offered that surfers would make the ocean safer. With surfers you have athletes who are comfortable in the water, capable, and come attached to a floatation device. It would be informative to gather examples of 1) injuries of surfers on swimmers, and 2) assistance of surfers to swimmers. I know of no former, but four of the latter.

Twelve thousand feet of ocean waterfront in Harvey Cedars and 1,000 guarded for swimming equals 90 percent of unused fun.

Walt Naisby

Harvey Cedars


Comments (1)
Posted by: Jean D Ragone | Aug 13, 2017 11:36

We live three private lanes north of Bergen in Harvey Cedars. Hete the surfers have been riding the waves outside the yellow flags from the southern tip of HC at least as far as Cape May Avenue with no interference from the lifeguards or beach patrol. As a former surfer I really don't see a problem if the surfers are experienced and act responsibility. As I write this I am sitting on the beach watching at least 7 surfers. One is insude the flags waiting for a wave and two continuously begin their rides outside the flags but continue their ride into the flagged area where children, older people and others are in the water.

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