2002-05-11 / Letters

Another Lifeguard Crisis

Another Lifeguard Crisis

Dear Editor;

Here we are again!  Another summer is almost upon us and beachgoers are faced with another lifeguard shortage!  The Parks Department requires a 40-hour workweek to serve as lifeguard on New York City beaches and pools.

There are many people, including myself, who work full time but would be interested working as a lifeguard on the weekends or on our days off as a second part-time job. Because of this strict policy of the Parks Department and of the financial impossibility of working as a lifeguard full-time, many of us are prevented from doing so. If the policy was changed, it would greatly increase the pool of applicants who would work as a lifeguard and would guarantee all beaches and pools with a lifeguard. It is a pity and even a disgrace that the Parks Department will not change its policy and risk unprotected beaches and the lives of its citizens! While the Parks Department is searching in Australia and South America for lifeguards, part-time lifeguards from our own back yard would serve as a great example to community service that President Bush calls us to do during these challenging times. If the shortage of lifeguards continues to get worse and more beaches are closed, the piping plovers will be the only ones who will enjoy the beach in the summertime !

JAMES EMSWORTH


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