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24-May-2020 - Curtis Sliwa defies NYC Mayor de Blasio's no-swimming order by jumping into the water off Coney Island on Sunday, while city Parks Department cops watched him from shore as a crowd cheered him on.
The mayor had warned last week, “Anyone tries to get in the water, they’ll be taken right out of the water,” while also threatening summonses for violators as the city battles to keep the coronavirus under control by banning swimming for now.
But Sliwa, dressed in a wet suit — and his trademark red Guardian Angels beret — strolled into the surf and swam around for about an hour without consequence, while a crowd of people on a pier near the old Parachute Jump cheered for him.
Seven or eight Parks officers tried ordering the Guardian Angels’ founder and mayoral candidate out of the drink at one point, but when he refused, they just stood and stared from the sand.
“I slowly walked into the water, and the Parkies are apoplectic, they don’t know what to do,” Sliwa recalled to The Post. “They start blowing their whistles as if they were lifeguards, screaming, ‘Come back! Come back!’ And I just keep going deeper and deeper and deeper.
“The whole concept is, this is our beach, not de Blasio’s. We pay for it. We’re taxpayers. Everybody else gets to swim in Long Island, Jersey Shore, Mediterranean. Not us? No, no, no.” ...
I want to say "Good for him", Look what others are doing riding their four-wheelers around town and on the highways am I say this is right No, but sooner or later people are going to test the law and orders you can only stay in your house for so long. As long as we do the social distancing and the mask we will get through this.