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Far-left New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio refuses to reopen beaches under his jurisdiction on Memorial Day for swimming even though state beaches plan to reopen with some restrictions.
The open borders, sanctuary city champion may even build a wall, or more particularly a fence, to keep people out.
The mayor and failed 2020 Democrat presidential candidate acknowledged the beach closures in an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo who held his feet to the fire on various key issues yesterday.
Said the authoritarian de Blasio on Bartiromo’s show Sunday Morning Futures, “Our beaches get very crowded very quickly. We’re not going to allow it…We’re not opening on Memorial Day as we normally do. For folks in local communities who walk on the beach, walk on the boardwalk, they can still do that. But no swimming, no lifeguards, no congregating,”
Maria Bartiromo dismantles Bill de Blasio, calls BS over and over in brutal interview https://t.co/PGjLzyrobD
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 17, 2020
The mayor added that he is deploying the NYPD and the Parks Department to enforce his edict on what would otherwise be the traditional opening of the beach season.
“If people are smart about, and listen to the rules, great. If not, we actually may have to put fencing to keep people off the beach. I don’t want to do it, but if I have to, I will. We are so far from being out of the woods here in New York City. We’re still the epicenter. Until we’re safe, no beaches open,” he declared.
Watch the entire, wide-ranging Bartiromo-de Blasio interview here.
In a city undergoing a physical, person-to-person crime wave, it seems like a particularly bad idea to divert police resources to the functional equivalent of Baywatch. This is likely another reason why rank-and-file cops have a very low opinion of Bill de Blasio. Moreover, crowded subways are still operational.
It’s very likely that when it comes to summer fun, area residents may tell the mayor to pound sand as things heat up.
Here’s a sample of the social media reaction to the de Blasio beach closures:
Mayor Blah Blah Blah just lied his [email protected]@ off on @SundayFutures saying crime isn’t up in NYC, people aren’t leaving, and he is taking the side of illegal immigrants. He wants a 7billion dollar payout. He won’t open beaches on Memorial Day🤦🏻♀️ 🖕🏻@NYCMayor
— Angel Gotti (@AngelGotti5) May 17, 2020
If ten people are sitting on the beach (legal per your tweet), and they’re having fun, does that constitute a party? You’re leaving the rules open to interpretation by police, then you won’t stand behind them when they enforce your arbitrary bullshit as they see fit.
— Joshua Robert ✌️, ❤️, 😷, & ⚾️ (@JoshuaRobert56) May 17, 2020
Maria, Maria, Mayor of New York, he his such a liar 🤥 and a fool I don’t know how you can through an interview with him. Why didn’t you ask him about him and his wife going out of town to a park but won’t open the beach. He is destroying New York City.
— wildbill⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@schildt_b) May 17, 2020
I really feel bad for all of you people @NYPDnews you have to deal with a moron mayor and even stop people from swimming or hanging outside a bar you guys are better working out getting unemployment and staying safe from the virus @NYCMayor @NYGovCuomo let him use ambassadors
— Rocco (@primobkbc1) May 17, 2020
Where is your plan to open NYC. Also why do you and dumbo de Blasio always contradicting each other? Big Bird @NYCMayor says beaches and pools won’t open. You say NYC “needs summer activities” come on. You both have no plan to ever open the city.
— K (@Allie58801811) April 30, 2020
so are we going to discuss the fact that nyc subways are a Petri dish of coronavirus and asking people to commute to work is akin to playing Russian roulette with the working class @NYCMayor
— #GayUnemployedWaiter (@PaulSorrentino3) May 18, 2020
My constituents want the beach open this summer. They will observe social distancing and follow the rules. @NYCMayor is living in La-La Land if he thinks they will stay off the sand and out of the water. If he tries, I will personally lead the protest to reopen Rockaway Beach
— Eric Ulrich (@eric_ulrich) May 16, 2020
— Mason P. Epeneter (@Mason_Epeneter) May 18, 2020
Screw you. New Yorkers will be out on the Beach making up for lost time. You should use the Memorial Day weekend to pack up your stuff and move out of Gracie Mansion.
— garyarthur55 (@garyarthur55) May 17, 2020
Mayor de Blasio has also threatened to shut down bars and restaurants for violating social distancing rules after people started congregating outside of these establishments.
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