New ban on hard alcohol on Rockaway beachfront concessionaires (7/12/13)

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Beach season is finally in full swing, and nothing compliments sand and surf like a pitcher of mojitos you and your buddies snuck in in an air-tight plastic pitcher. But the boardwalk's about to get a little less boozy in the Rockaways, where a new city ordinance has banned hard liquor at beachfront concession stands; and obviously, food sellers are not happy.

Concessionaires can still sell beer and wine, but cocktails a no-go this year. Rockaway beaches are still hurting from the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy—Fort Tilden, for instance, is shuttered for an unforeseen future, and other stretches of the beach are struggling to make a comeback this season. Operators are concerned this new booze ban will hurt their bottom lines.