Lifeguard shortage forces Huntington to close 4 beaches to swimming
Due to a shortage of lifeguards, the Town of Huntington said Thursday it has closed four of its eight beaches to swimming.
According to officials, swim lines and lifeguard stands will be removed at Asharoken Beach in Northport, Crescent Beach in Huntington Bay, Fleets Cove Beach in Centerport, and Gold Star Battalion Beach in Huntington for the rest of the season.
Officials said “No Lifeguard on Duty” and “No Swimming Allowed” signs will also be posted.
Town of Huntington residents may visit the beaches closed to bathing, but they must stay out of the water.
The closure is making some residents upset.
"Even though it’s so beautiful, and it’s just the time of year we need to have a dip and it’s so hot. Rats!" said Helen Murdoch-Prep.
"I live really close by, maybe five minutes down the road, so we come all the time," said Jennifer Rockitter. "There’s still a little more summer. It’s a little too early."
Bill Musto, town director of Parks and Recreation, explained that the shutdown is due to a lifeguard shortage, which usually occurs around this time of the summer.
"A lot of municipalities had problems all year long, but we managed up to this point. A lot of college kids are going back to school, some high school kids have high school sports starting up," Musto said.
Musto said that about 95% of those lifeguards are high school and college students, but also pointed out that there are four other town beaches that will remain open to residents.