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Let's Rescue our Ludington Lifeguards-- the lifeguard program that Ludington has had before it was scrapped this year costs less than $20,000 to maintain; being that our Mayor used this to get his job, and they saved at least 3 people last year, why?

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Comment by XLFD on July 19, 2019 at 11:42am

Lake Michigan took the life of 14 year old Albrianna Huck of Ludington last night at Stearn's Beach.  As we mourn along with her family and friends, let's reflect on whether the lifeguard program should be resuscitated so as to have such tragedies be less likely to occur.

Comment by Tom Torquema on September 17, 2013 at 12:01am

After a couple of afternoons at Stearns Beach this summer, I was totally put off by the beach patrol.  Its like a Seinfeld bit:  'I mean, what exactly are those guys doing anyway... Are they supposed to be on the beach or out patrolling the streets?'  Har, Har, Har.

If you can't afford lifeguards then don't waste money on these guys, they just seem to ruffle feathers.  

Comment by AQUAMAN on August 17, 2011 at 10:24pm
It should be noted that the "Let's ROLL" thread was started some time ago, in the hopes and prayers given by our forum quorum for a direction back to hiring Lifeguards for the Ludington beaches into the future, TO SAVE LIVES, not to be a political boondoggle for other forums to copy or ridicule. We have also spun-off this original thread into many sub-topics also of concern regarding the Ludington Lifeguard Program, the most recent that of SOS. So, having said that, our interests and concern over these legal and political matters have not dampened, nor been extinguished by those suggesting a Beach Patrol with some make-shift signage and liferings at a substantially higher cost to taxpayers. We stand FIRM in our beliefs, as well as that of many victims families also. Lest this original thread be dormant for some time, now or in the past, still does NOT diminish it's importance and critical contribution for local public safety. Anyone wishing to put in their two cents to the contrary are always welcomed and obliged, as our minds for progress, not regress, are always open.
Comment by AQUAMAN on August 17, 2011 at 8:49pm
So true, this is steadfastly a type of political angle that the trick-shot artists get away with all the time unless people come forward and ask for details. Afterwards of course, it's too late then.
Comment by XLFD on August 17, 2011 at 8:39pm

Speaking of the on-line petition that was considered last year around budget time, you will remember that they had voted for $40,000 at that point for 'beach safety' and didn't actually delineate what 'beach safety' was until March of this year.  This kind of neutralized any sort of petition drive, as they had not ruled out until March that they would not have lifeguards. 

This year at budget time, I hope the Shay-man of that City Council tribe can man up and tell us what 'beach safety' expenses are instead of hiding that fact until it's too late to do anything about it.  Let's not get fooled again.

Comment by AQUAMAN on August 17, 2011 at 12:12pm
Well, we've seen a couple of new drownings this summer close by, and the same scenario exists in those communities as ours, still no lifeguards to keep a vigil on swimmers. After Labor Day, soon to come, I believe we should  get a serious petition structured and offered to the public. This way the people, not just a handful of officials, can bring a serious voice to the table for discussion and approvals. An on-line petition would also be a easier and informal format to start the ball rolling.
Comment by AQUAMAN on April 8, 2011 at 5:55pm
What happened to the on-line petition, it's getting closer to the Memorial Day opening of summer, maybe we can get a few guards down there anyhow, it would be better than just liferings and a phone.
Comment by XLFD on November 6, 2010 at 12:38am
Budget time. Time to make your feelings about the lifeguards known to the City of Ludington political apparatus. Remember, Anthony Goldsmith, who might still be alive today if the program was running this year. Also remember Anupam Bhattacharjee, who could have at least been warned about being on the breakwater on a windy Labor Day. If you do not live in the city of Ludington, you can also make an appeal-- after all, the three who died this year in the Stearn's Park area were all out of town visitors. If the Lifeguard program is left out of the budget this year, let's start an on-line petition and any other pressure to tighten the screws.
Comment by XLFD on June 21, 2010 at 2:20pm
Just remember, VG, one unused transient dock equals 42 years of Lifeguard service. These docks are open, but here is a picture taken at 11:00 PM on Macker Saturday
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But B-Ballers are not noted for their nautical skills : )
Comment by Victoria George Cook on June 21, 2010 at 1:00pm
One year their here, the next year their gone. Repeat. I remember listening to candidate now mayor Henderson back in 2001 when he so convinced me that they were necessary. Not any more necessary than a boat dock i guess.

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