Though various Long Island beaches were closed throughout the week due to hazardous surf conditions caused by the offshore Hurricane Franklin, Long Island beaches are now safe to enjoy this Labor Day weekend, according to state officials.
Swimming is Back Up At Long Island Beaches
“With the peak hurricane season upon us, keeping New Yorkers prepared and out of harms way is a top priority,” Governor Kathy Hochul said in a news release. “I am pleased the flooding and rough surf on our Long Island coast has diminished, and New Yorkers can enjoy a wonderful Labor Day weekend at the beach.”
According to the governor’s office, state park lifeguards and staff assessed conditions Friday morning and determined conditions were safe for swimming.
Swimming resumed at 9 a.m. at Robert Moses and Jones Beach State Parks and at 10 a.m. at Hither Hills State Park.
The ocean beaches were experiencing significant water levels, rough surf and rip currents. There was extensive flooding on Jones Beach and unpassable areas at Robert Moses and Hither Hills.
The state will continue to monitor the situation to ensure beachgoers’ safety.
“I’m grateful for the extensive knowledge of our oceanfront staff, lifeguards and Park Police, who always put the safety of our visitors first,” state parks commissioner Eric Kulleseid said in a news release. “Though conditions have improved greatly, we urge park visitors to stay alert when at our beaches and pools, and follow all direction of our lifeguards and park staff.”
Smith Point County Park Will Remain Staffed For A Little Longer
Additionally, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is announced yesterday that beaches at Smith Point County Park will remain staffed for two more weekends.