A morbid protest on beautiful opening day at Rockaway beach.

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Beach Closures Ring In Bittersweet Summer Season In The Rockaways

May 25, 2018 - 10:13 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The coming of beach season is bittersweet in the Rockaways.

Rough weather in the winter and spring battered the shoreline, and now the area from Beach 91st Street to Beach 102nd Street is closed.

Some residents and merchants were dressed in black on Friday, like a funeral, to call on Senator Chuck Schumer to speed up the construction of permanent storm protections.

Patrick Murphy said the announcement, just a week before the start of summer, is a disaster for the community.

"Now they decide to close it? Wrong timing," he said.

A long awaited Army Corps of Engineers study is supposed to be released sometime this summer.

This week, Schumer called on the Army Corps to hold a community meeting as soon as possible to provide a timeline for beach projects.

Officials say the closure had to happen because of safety concerns.