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Money Woes Lead Town to Cut Some Lifeguards at Beaches

Affected beaches include Cedar Beach West, Shoreham Beach and Stony Brook Beach.

Lifeguards staff Cedar Beach West, Shoreham Beach and Stony Brook Beach only on the weekends as a result of fiscal troubles the Town of Brookhaven is facing, according to a report published Thursday in the Times Beacon Record newspapers.

The cost-saving move follows the town's decision earlier this year to enact a $25 fee for a two-year parking permit at its beaches. According to the Times Beacon Record report, chief of staff Brian Beedenbender said the town's parks department operates at a deficit of $14 million annually.

Beedenbender said "the smaller beaches with less amenities are staffed on the weekends when people end up going there."

According to the report, Stony Brook Beach, Cedar Beach West, and Shoreham Beach are staffed by three workers and one lifeguard from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. In contrast, Cedar Beach and West Meadow Beach each have 15 staff members, with an average of eight working seven days a week.

Click here to read the full story from Times Beacon Record newspapers.

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Living in Brookhaven August 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Lets not forget how the town is leasing everything to private companies to pay the bills, and raise the rates!! Pennysaver Bald hill, and now they are leasing Mt. Sinai, Davis park, and one other marina... So more people who live in this town can't afford to use it! I know noone asked me if I approved of it!!!
Edbo August 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM
I visited Shorham beach for the first time and it will be my last. The steep grade leading down to the beach was not in good shape with ruts, weeds and some undermining. The disabled persons wooden ramp to the beach was destroyed in a storm and never replaced,,,the beach was dirty with items washed ashore and never cleaned up by town crews. Restrooms were locked and as the article says, no lifeguard protection during the week. I guess this is that we get for our $25 pass.
K. August 10, 2012 at 01:44 PM
It is becoming increasingly difficult to enjoy the "Island" aspects of Long Island.
Melodie Tegay August 11, 2012 at 02:56 AM
I could not agree more with Thomas. I commented about this very thing after attending the fiasco of a town hall meeting when they tabled the parking fee and misled us to believe the money was there to cover the cost and inferring the fee was a dead issue which would not need revisiting. EXCEPT that when no one showed up at the next meeting (because they were lulled into a sense of complacency...)they passed the fee and conveniently "ABSORBED" the monies which had been allocated by the various depts. to the cause. NOW that the fee is in place, they are laying the ground work to INCREASE it next summer, watch-they will also take away the senior discount because they "can't afford to keep it." Let's look at the town's priorities: people selling,printing, and checking stickers- HIRED, lifeguards who SAVE LIVES- fired! How did this extremely sad situation become even more ludicrous. May I suggest again-VOTE THEM ALL OUT AND CLEAN HOUSE, keeping the few who opposed the paid stickers in the first place!
Justin Time August 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Nothing changes..live with it.

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