Moriah beach open to swimmers

PORT HENRY The town of Moriah beach at Bulwagga Bay is open for swimming. The town has hired lifeguards to man the public beach 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Operating a public beach is no easy task, trustee Tony Harvish pointed out, noting the state has 20 pages of regulations to be met. Hiring lifeguards is becoming more and more of a challenge each each, he said. He suggested Moriah consider increasing the pay it offers lifeguards in future seasons to attract more candidates. Trustee Tom Anderson agreed, noting competition for lifeguards from the Port Henry village beach and area state beaches. Theyre skilled labor, he said. We have to start paying them as skilled labor. Theyre in demand. While Moriah beach on Lake Champlain is always popular, it may get even more use this summer. The Moriah youth commission summer recreation program that is normally held at Moriah Central School has been forced to move its activities to the Champlain Valley Tec campus in Mineville this year because of construction at the school. That means children likely wont be able to access the Moriah school pool this summer. Anderson said the youth commission is looking into swimming options for children, including use of the town beach at Bulwagga Bay.

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