Staten Island Natural Spring Closed by Brawling Fans

By Nicholas Rizzi on August 17, 2012 12:10pm 

STATEN ISLAND — The well has run dry for fans of a Staten Island spring whose thirst for fresh water led to brawls.

The Marine Corps League, which owns the land the Sunnyside spring spouts from, closed public access because of an incident on July 23, the Staten Island Advance reported.

It stemmed from users loading up with many gallons of water at one time, keeping lines of thirsty Staten Islanders waiting.

Their frustration led to fighting and arguments, according to the Advance.

A neighbor on Logan Avenue, where people got access to the water, said that sometimes people would fill 20 to 25 containers at a time, and would not let residents with one or two bottles fill up ahead of them.

She said she would see people constantly arguging over taking too long to fill up, but never any physical fights.

Al King, a commander in the League, told the Advance he's not sure if the spring will reopen to the public.

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