This experiment in "recreational socialism" was so successful that Ronald Reagan starred in a movie about Jones Beach.
September 12th, 2016, by Edwin S. Grosvenor
Socialism, the critics said, that was what it was—“a gigantic exercise in recreational socialism,” in the words of the New York Herald Tribune. Al Smith, the man behind the exercise, agreed, and he said as much 78 years ago tomorrow, August 4, 1929. That afternoon, the former governor of New York rose to speak before a crowd of 3,000 assembled under an enormous tent, as ocean waves broke behind them.