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