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Lifeguards are MIA at popular Coney Island beach — NY POST

Posted by | June 27, 2018 | Uncategorized

Photo by: Paul Martinka

It’s summer in the Big Apple — but there are still no lifeguards in sight at one large, popular strip of sand and shore on Coney Island, infuriating beachgoers.

The more than half-mile stretch between West 19th and West 29th streets in the southern Brooklyn oasis has been without lifeguards since the city’s beaches officially opened Memorial Day, and residents say the problem is perennial.

“It’s been going on for years now,” beach regular Ann Viken, 70, told The Post as she sunbathed in the area without lifeguards on a recent day when temperatures hit the high 80s. “People bring their kids here. They have the bathroom for the kids, and there are no lifeguards here.”

The portion of the beach without lifeguards is not closed, and visitors are given no indication that lifeguards are not on duty until they get down to the shoreline and see empty lifeguard chairs.

Instead, Parks Department workers with whistles patrol the area by foot and on ATVs, shooing sun-worshipers out of the water if they attempt to swim at their own risk.  Read More…