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Relaxing Day Turns Into Hike for People Heading to Rockaways

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A relaxing day at the beach turned into a real hike for a lot of people who went to the Rockaways Tuesday. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.

A lot of people were sweating at the beach, and it wasn't because they were laid out in the sun. We watched as many traveled up and down Shore Front Parkway in search of a beach to sit and/or swim. Many didn't know which was open or closed until they got to the sand.

"They're kicking the people off the beach," said Debra Delgado, who went with her family to the beach. "So now we have to walk all the way down there to where the green flags are.

Red flags meant there were no lifeguards at Beach 108 Street, so it was on to another spot a few blocks away. It wasn't a walk that Delgado and her family were looking forward to after driving 35 minutes from Middle Village.

"I got to walk all the way down that way, you know, and lug all this stuff with the kids," Delgado said.

Others were tanning when they were told to go two blocks over to 106th Street. Some people took it all in stride, but a few who were hot about the whole thing left. It was too much confusion for some beach-goers.

"You would think they would let everybody know exactly what beaches to go to, you know, but they don't," said one person in the Rockaways. "I don't know what's going on."

The beach was closed early because of the roving sand replenishment work being done by the Army Corps of Engineers following Hurricane Sandy. The Department of Parks and Recreation said it lists the beaches that are open on its website, but one business owner said he had a hard time finding the information. NY1 did, too.

"Maybe if there was one site where everyone could go to and just understand better the different construction projects that are happening out here, and where they could go so that they can enjoy themselves on the beach," said Justin Harter, the owner of Citysticks.

That may not be necessary. A spokesperson for the Department of Parks and Recreation issued a statement, saying, "We anticipate that the work will be completed this week from Beach 60th Street to Beach 149th Street allowing beaches in that area to resume normal operations."

He also said that all the beaches will be open this holiday weekend and will stay that way through Labor Day.

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