This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer – which means, among other things, swimming!
Sen. Rop Teplitz (D-Dauphin) has introduced a bill that would return lifeguards to state park public beaches.
“In 2008, the lifeguards were eliminated at all but two parks due to budgetary reasons, but I think the public safety requires that the lifeguards be restored,” Teplitz said.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources estimates the state saved roughly $800,000 a year by not having lifeguards on duty at all parks. Teplitz said those savings aren't worth risking public safety.