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More lifeguards for Clearwater Beach
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More lifeguards for Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach, Florida -- There will be more lifeguards working longer hours on the beach, under a proposal the city council will consider at its next work session.

City staff is recommending adding at least two full-time positions and expanding their duties from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., between March 1st and Labor Day.

"Currently the guards are off the beach at 4:30 pm, which leaves the public beaches unattended even while there are still a lot of beach goers and activities going on at the beach," a staff report stated. "Extending beach guarding by two hours per day will give residents and visitors to the beach added security and a sense of safety that is not now being provided."

The report noted the life guard program was cut by a third in the 2009/10 fiscal year, with no increase in staff levels since. Yet tourism to the beach has increased significantly.

"The continued success of Clearwater's investment in projects like Beach Walk, Pier 60 renovations and Marina District improvements only add to the popularity and volume of people visiting Clearwater Beach," the state report states.

"With this influx of people, especially during the peak times of between March 1 and Labor Day, staff is recommending that the Beach Guard Team be increased by 2.1 FTE's in order to expand the hours of operations to cover the beach from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm."

The extra positions are expected to cost the city about $52,670 for the remainder of this fiscal year. Funding for the new positions would come from the same source as the existing positions, the city's Parking Fund.

The item comes up for discussion at the council's work session December 2nd.


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