Bourne beach-goers advised to swim at own risk, need lifeguards

Lifeguards Michel Douglas, left, and Erin Kiley keep an eye on the waters at Monument Beach in 2020. Merrily Cassidy/Cape Cod Times

Lifeguards Michel Douglas, remaining, and Erin Kiley continue to keep an eye on the waters at Monument Seaside in 2020. Merrily Cassidy/Cape Cod Moments

BUZZARDS BAY — There will be no lifeguards assigned to town shorelines this summertime due to the issue in selecting plenty of certified staff — and city officers are displeased with a late observe of the scenario.

City Administrator Marlene McCollem disclosed the improvement two hrs into the Board of Selectmen’s May perhaps 10 meeting, and just 7 times prior to the once-a-year town election and approaching summer months.

The news visibly caught selectmen by shock, but there was evolving recognition that using the services of municipal lifeguards is no extended a absolutely sure matter.

Bourne Town Hall.

Bourne Town Corridor.

Lifeguard coverage and selecting problems have proved to be a politically sensitive and protracted challenge throughout the past decade. B ut the city has constantly managed to present guards at Monument Seashore and also offer swim lessons for little ones, normally at the insistence of tax-spending seasonal residents and weekly renters with youngsters.

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Town officials report problem recruiting qualified lifeguards considering that January

Not this calendar year. The Recreation Department’s effort to seek the services of lifeguards has been fruitless. McCollem explained a $20 hourly pay charge is aggressive, but the situation remains 1 of securing enough qualified employees keen to work throughout the summertime months with out time off.

“I’m confident this a dilemma just about everywhere,” Selectmen Chairman Peter Meier mentioned May perhaps 11. “But we want to have been told this sooner than at the eleventh hour. We’re a waterfront group. There was no advance warning. A deficiency of conversation. Inadequately accomplished. We could have done improved on this. It’s a single less amenity for summer time taxpayers.”

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Meier said lifeguards are much more than important at Monument Beach in which swimmers love the water in yards of electrical power craft at the neighboring marina berths.

The town has been recruiting seriously due to the fact January, McCollem explained.

“We don’t want to employ uncertified lifeguards,” she stated. “And I don’t propose limited-staffing. We do not have the team and can not uncover them.”

McCollem reported she programs to consider to establish if swim lessons are a possibility. In the meantime, beachgoers will be suggested to swim at their have chance.

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