For those interested - I e-mailed the New York State Parks Department for clarification on the ban, and this was the response I received.
Mr. (my name),
Along with other groups interested in activities in their state parks, we have met twice with people who are interested in engaging in kite boarding. After discussing all the locations we he have available in state parks on bays, the Long Island Sound, and the Ocean, we agreed that there is not a place with proximate parking where there is not usually a heavily populated beach. Our judgment is that the length of beach needed to lay out the gear used by kite boarders and the potential impact on bystanders precluded us from opening beaches with parking nearby to kite boarding. While those we met with were adamant that they wanted to launch from remote, unpopulated beaches we don’t have beaches that fit that description and that have legal parking.
We could meet again with you and others interested in kite boarding. However, nothing has changed since out meetings of two years ago.
If you would like such a meeting, please call me.
Long Island Region
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
It seems that they AGREE that there ARE areas suitable for kiteboarding, but their excuse to not allow it is that they want to save kiters from a walk which they consider is too long because said locations are not "proximate" to parking.
It might be interesting to find out what distance they consider to be "proximate" as well as WHY they have taken it upon themselves to decide how far kiters should be ALLOWED to WALK if they want to kite.
It would seem that if the foregoing is the best reason that they can come up with for a ban, then kiters should have a relatively easy time negating it by simply agreeing to walk the required distance.
Furthermore, the issue of whether there is legal parking should not affect permission to kite. Kiters could arrange to arrive by boat or get dropped off and picked up and if they park illegally, there are enforceable laws regarding illegal parking.
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