CICERO, N.Y.–The Parks and Recreation Department of Cicero, New York has decided to close its beaches that border Oneida Lake. The closures are due to a lack of qualified open water lifeguards.
Parks and Recreation Program Director Linda Adams says the choice to keep the beaches closed came after an exhaustive search for qualified candidates.
“We advertised on social media, Indeed, Craigslist,” Adams said. “We have numerous community contacts athletic directors, swim coaches, and we reached out to all of those people.”
It is important to note that Adams did point out that the Parks Department does have enough lifeguards to keep its public pools open this summer.
Plans are being worked out now for next year to try and attract qualified candidates, but with the ongoing lifeguard shortage, Adams does not think the public beaches will be open for swimming this year.
“We are far enough along in the game where we are not going to open this season I really don’t think that’s going to happen.”
So, unless you are a fish or some breed of waterfowl, swimming at public beaches in the town of Cicero probably will not be a part of your summer.