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Rockaway Beach Opening for Season To Surfers' Delight

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In less than 24 hours New York City beaches will officially be open for the season.

The parks department takes care of 14 miles of beaches in every borough of the city except for Manhattan.

Seven of those miles make up Rockaway Beach in Queens where the water remains a popular draw for surfers.

"We are also the only beach that allows surfing so it's a wonderful place for surfers to come and enjoy the ocean lots of ways to get here we have a ferry that's operating out of Manhattan, we have bike paths, we have places to park your car and buses and trains as well," said NYC Parks Rockaway Administrator Jill Weber.

"The surfing can be excellent. It's rare to get a great day but sometimes you do and most days you get something," said one local surfer.

While sections are still being replenished with freshly dredged sand and some stretches will be closed throughout the summer to continue the process, locals say it feels like the real return of Rockaway, post Sandy.

"I'm excited. I love my beach. I've been here all my life," said one Rockaway resident.

"This the beach is the best thing we got here. No matter what happened two years ago Sandy, Rockaway is my life, I spend my life here. Rockaway is beautiful," said another Rockaway resident.

There are also lots of great food choices at Rockaway Beach, including Rockaway Tacos where customers can get fish tacos and fresh squeezed watermelon juice.

"We're excited. The whole neighborhood I think is in a comeback of post Sandy era," said Rockaway Taco Owner Andrew Field.

Starting Saturday and running through Labor Day all New York City beaches are staffed with lifeguards daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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