Beaches to have reduced staffing, hours for season's end
Updated 6:32 am, Friday, August 24, 2012
There will be a reduced number of lifeguards on duty at Fairfield's beaches for the remainder of the season, the Parks and Recreation Department has announced, because some of the staff will be returning to school.
There also will be reduced hours for Penfield Pavilion and the boat houses at Penfield and Jennings beaches.
Lifeguards will be on duty at Jennings and Penfield beaches and Lake Mohegan through Sunday, Aug. 26, but there will be no lifeguards from Monday, Aug. 27, through Friday, Aug. 31. Lifeguards will be on duty at these beaches from Saturday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day weekend, but there will be no lifeguards for the remainder of the season after Labor Day.
Southport, Sasco and South Pine Creek beaches will not be staffed for the rest of the season starting Monday, Aug. 20, and the swimming areas will be reduced to between red flags posted at the shoreline.
Swimming will be "at your own risk" at beaches where no lifeguards are on duty, officials said.
Penfield Pavilion will be open full-time from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with lockers closing at 7:45 p.m., through Sunday, Aug. 26. Hours will then change to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with lockers closing at 5:45 p.m., from Monday, Aug. 27, through Friday, Aug. 31, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., lockers closing at 6:45 p.m., from Saturday, Sept. 1, to Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day weekend.
The pavilion will be open on weekends only after Labor Day Weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., lockers closing at 5:45 p.m., through Sunday, Sept. 16.
All lockers must be emptied and keys returned by Sunday, Sept. 16. Any locker with materials left in it will be emptied and the contents put in storage. There is no guarantee of security over the winter.
The boat houses at Penfield and Jennings beaches will operate on a regular schedule through Sunday, Aug. 26, and then will be open from noon to 5 p.m. from Monday, Aug. 27, through Friday, Aug. 31. They will be open on weekends only after that from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Saturday, Sept 1, through Monday, Sept. 3, and Saturdays, Sept. 8 and 15, and Sundays, Aug. 9 and 16.