Floyd Smith, 65, and fellow members of the Concerned Citizens for the Rockaways spent a dozen weekends collecting well over 1,000 signatures on a petition requesting more lifeguards, extended hours for the rest rooms and a moratorium on raising the fee for parking at the federally run beach.
There were good weekends, such as the one before the Memorial Day weekend when the group collected some 300 signatures. Others, like the first weekend in August when they got only 26 signatures, were not so good.
"Quite a number of the weekends were rainy, so we really couldn't operate," said Smith, who'd also like to see the boathouse restored to its past grandeur when it had showers and lockers available for beachgoers.
"It was originally a place where you could go and rent a locker for a quarter or half dollar or whatever, leave your clothes, take a shower and go to the beach and then, before you leave, take a shower and then go home," he said.
Concerned Citizens for the Rockaways draws attention to Jacob Riis Park