lifeguard shack

 

Springtime at California Beaches brings wildflowers and mustard plant. Overlooking a guard shack on the Pacific Ocean at Malibu and beyond (all the way to South Bay's Redondo and Torrance Beaches) the scene changes dramatically during the summer when the wildflowers turn to brown weeds, and the beach fills with thousands of people

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Fliers were being handed out at Dog Beach in Surf City warning visitors that after 40 years of service, lifeguards will not be patrolling the area due to budget cuts.

 

SAN DIEGO - The department also warned there will be fewer lifeguards at state beaches, lakes and reservoirs this year, though drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in state parks. The cuts come as park attendance is increasing. Last year, park lifeguards rescued a record 10,539 people, about 10 percent of all rescues reported to the U.S. Lifesaving Association from across the nation. Last year the department said there were two drownings in guarded water and 23 in unguarded areas; in 2002, there were no drownings in guarded water and 20 in unguarded areas.

 

Black’s Beach will no longer be patrolled by lifeguards from Labor Day through May as part of the $34 million midyear cuts made to lifeguard and fire services to help close the city’s anticipated $179 million shortfall in the 2011 general fund. Two lifeguards will continue to patrol Black’s Beach during the summer from June through Labor Day. “There are many other areas of the San Diego coastline that have been unguarded for decades, among those being Point Loma, Sunset Cliffs and certain areas along Ocean Beach,” said San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Maurice Luque.

 

VENTURA - Announces reduced lifeguard services.

 

Lifeguards Still Needed and Still Being Hired Despite massive budget cuts in all areas of state and local government in California, with furloughs and threatened layoffs in the news almost daily, lifeguards are still being hired for the upcoming summer season around southern California.

 

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