The comments attributed to me in a recent article concerning beach safety were not exactly in the correct context ("Off-Season Lifeguards may be Reduced," April 18). I was asked about service levels during prolonged periods of times at the beach.
There are three distinct sets of activities that take place on the boardwalk, on the beach and in the water. For prolonged periods of time, there are only significant activities that take place on the beach and boardwalk. The presence of lifeguards is not customary to two of three sets of these activities: the promenade and the beach.
As stated to the reporter, many locals are drawn to the beach to run, walk, bike, walk their dogs or kids, drink coffee on a sea wall or read a newspaper in a beach chair or sunbathe. Lifeguards are not essential to the predominant areas of the promenade and the beach.