Westport beach closed

WESTPORT With temperatures topping out in the nineties earlier this week, many people start to think about spending some time at the beach.

Westport residents, though, may have to go a bit further to find relief, as the town beach will not open this year.

Westport Supervisor Daniel Connell explained town officials have not found any lifeguards. Without a certified lifeguard, the beach cannot operate.

If I'm able to find lifeguards, we'll open, but as of now, its not opening, said Connell. Connell said that in years past, a lifeguard shortage had made hiring personnel difficult. He added that he was still hoping to find someone to fill the need.

Other area beaches will be open by July 1:

Port Douglas: The municipal beach shared with AuSable and Chesterfield is open seven days a week from noon-sunset through August. Changing facilities, restrooms and picnic tables are available.

Willsboro: The Willsboro town beach, located at Noblewood, will be open Tuesday-Thursdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and closed Mondays.

There is no parking fee for Willsboro residents, while non-residents pay $5 per car. Park rangers provide a shuttle service from the parking area to beach. Changing facilities are available.

Wilmington: The Wilmington town beach is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The popular Thursday Concerts on the beach start on July 5, and run through August. Scheduled performances include:

July 5: Damaged Goods, 50s-80s acoustic and electric
July 12: Branded, country
July 19: Jam Theory 4, classic rock
July 26: Too Tall String Band, original, old time & Celtic music
Aug. 2: Flashback, old time rock & roll
Aug. 9: Stoneman Blues Band, rhythm/blues
Aug. 16: Country Fugitives, country
Aug. 23: Uncle Jam, rock
Aug. 30: Southern Cross, country

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