(Michigan City, IN) - No lifeguards at the beach in Michigan City could
be permanent for the rest of the summer.
There were no lifeguards at Washington Park last weekend.
Mayor Duane Parry cited a need to save money during a budget crisis
but left open the possibility of lifeguards returning.
Now, the mayor’s office reports just one lifeguard from last year
applied to return.
Dozens of others did not meet the required qualifications.
In addition, the mayor’s office reports the hands-on portion
of the screening for applicants is not being allowed by the
American Red Cross due to COVID-19.
That has brought hiring lifeguards to a standstill.
As a result, a decision has been made for individuals to swim at their
own risk, according to the mayor’s office.