Pa. bill would return lifeguards to state park beaches

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania senator has reintroduced legislation to return certified lifeguards to all public beaches at state parks.

Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin/Perry) says unguarded beaches pose a safety risk to park visitors.

In 2008, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources eliminated lifeguards from lake beaches at all state parks except Presque Isle State Park on Lake Erie.

An auditor general’s report that same year questioned whether the budget savings were worth the risk of leaving the public beaches unguarded. The report recommended DCNR reconsider its decision.

“Unfortunately, our beaches are still unguarded, and that poses a safety risk to beachgoers,” Teplitz said in a statement. “My measure would help protect those who want to enjoy and feel safe while visiting the beaches of Pennsylvania.”

Teplitz’s proposal, Senate Bill 516, is currently in the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

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