Parking problems at LI beach this weekend

July 4, 2008 10:15:58 AM PDT
The Fourth of July is usually a busy day at the beaches. But on Long Island it may also be one of the most frustrating as beach goers deal with parking problems.

There are between 2,000 and 3,000 people on the beach by afternoon time, and being a holiday weekend that number is growing fast.

But before the parking lot is half full officials say they'll be forced to start turning people away

It's a hotspot at Robert Moses State Park. Field 5, a place just a short walk from the parking lot with a real family feel.

But unexpectedly earlier this week mother nature left her mark causing unprecedented beach erosion for Robert Moses State Park.

The erosion caused by high tide and rough surf has created a space with noticeably less sand and a lot more water.

To prevent people from literally sitting shoulder to shoulder its possible about 5,000 people could be turned away every day this holiday weekend, and in a worst case all summer.

If and when the parking lot at field 5 at Robert Moses fills to 40 percent capacity, beachgoers will be redirected to other less popular fields.

And possibly even sent to Jones Beach which is about 15 minutes away.

STORY BY: Eyewitness News Long Island reporter: Emily Smith