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David Beckham, soccer star, coming at you with his boogie board

This is a copy of a letter sent today, June 28, 2014, to the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association which owns and runs the beaches of Ocean Grove.

June 28, 2014

 

To Whom It May Concern:

I am an active woman in her seventies and a resident of Ocean Grove since 1998.  I like to swim in the ocean, but as another season begins my safety is at risk once again by the uncontrolled plethora of boogie boards approaching me from all directions.

There was a time when a roped area controlled this situation, but for several years this has not been in place, nor do the lifeguards assign an area for this activity. I have complained directly to the lifeguards, once when a young man was riding a large boogie board like a surfer.  I was told that he knew what he was doing.  Thank  you.

On the Beach Regulations posted by the Camp Meeting Association under section D: Flotation Devices it states: “Users of these implements must be kept segregated from casual bathers and are therefore not permitted within the central area on the bathing beaches that are delineated by parallel bathing ropes extending seaward.”

Also under B: Prohibited Activities it states: Activity which directly or indirectly endangers the safety of others. That would be me, attempting to enter the ocean by diving under a wave as a boogie board(s) head straight toward my head.

This has got to be corrected. If the ropes are not an option please have the lifeguards just wave or whistle to herd the boogie boarders to a separate area.

If there are other swimmers who feel this way, please contact the Camp Meeting Association.

 

Yours truly,

Rosaleen Rooney Myers

 

 

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