2006-09-29 / Community

Lifeguard/Beach Issues Aired October 10

An ad hoc Lifeguard/Beach Issues Committee has prepared three pages of findings and recommendations, which it will share with board members and the public at Community Board 14's October meeting.

Dan Mundy, the chair of CB14's Parks and Public Safety and Environmental Committees, said the report - the result of about a month of research - was approved at a special meeting held Monday night.

The ad hoc committee was formed in the wake of a lifeguard recruitment and training program that, according to several people who were involved with the program and who either sit on or have ties to CB14, failed because the Department of Parks and Recreation and the lifeguard union, DC37, saw it as a challenge to their centralized training system. The committee also seeks to address frequent beach closings caused by lifeguard shortages.

The committee is also calling for members of the public who have had "bad experiences" in their attempts to become lifeguards or while working as lifeguards to come the October meeting, Mundy said.

CB14 voted unanimously at it's September meeting to call for City Council oversight hearings on lifeguard and beach issues. Members want Council Member Helen D. Foster, the chair of the council's Parks and Recreation Committee, to hold special meetings in Rockaway to address the issues.

CB14's regular monthly meeting for October is scheduled for Tuesday, October 10, 7:45 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90 Street.

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