City council sets new policies for city beaches

Beachgoers will be asked to only check parking stickers for the residence, rather than inspecting people arriving on foot this summer, Southold Town Council said at a working session on Tuesday. Signs of the pandemic era will also be removed.

Members of the city’s anti-bias task force said people walking or biking to city beaches shouldn’t be asked for ID or residency papers and that the parks department of the city should introduce this in the training of employees. They also asked Southold to remove “ambiguous signs regarding beach access”.

“Two members of our own task force experienced bias while trying to enter a city beach and were stopped by the kids,” a rep said. Members of the task force stressed that the blame should not lie with teenagers working at the beach, but said they should be trained to check each person’s residence or not at all.

City council member Jill Doherty said for part of last summer the city was still in a state of emergency with beaches under COVID-19 rules, which may have caused confusion.

“Last summer until July or August, we were still under a state of emergency for COVID and there was one particular beach that was constantly overcrowded, so we kept that COVID rule enforced,” he said. she stated. “That’s why you have a lot of confusion with the signs, there are still COVID inscriptions.”

Supervisor Scott Russell said he “believes we need a plan that regulates beaches” and suggested establishing “clear criteria for parking”. The beach code may be changed in the future.

Last year, the city signaled its intention to restrict walk-in beach access to residents only to reduce overcrowding, in line with a similar COVID-era policy.

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