Tracking Station beach slated to lose lifeguard

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — As part of the proposed 22 percent budget cuts facing the Indian River County government in the coming fiscal year, the Tracking Station Beachfront Park on the south end of Indian River Shores will be losing its lifeguard.

Until Oct. 1, the County operates six guarded beaches and three unguarded ones. Budget Director Jason Brown said the staff reduction was suggested as part of an effort that each department made to reduce overall costs and to keep from raising property taxes. The Tracking Station beach was determined to have fewer visitors and to be closer to other lifeguard stations than some of the other guarded beaches.

Beginning Oct. 1, if residents want to swim at a guarded County beach, they will have to go to:- Golden Sands Park, 10350 N. Hwy. A-1-A, near Windsor

– Wabasso Beach Park, corner of County Road 510 and Highway A-1-A, near Orchid

– Treasure Shores Beach Park, 11300 Hwy. A-1-A, Vero Beach

– Round Island Park, 2200 South Hwy. A-1-A, near the Indian River/St. Lucie county line

Lifeguards are on duty from 9:10 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.

The elimination of the lifeguard at the Tracking Station Beachfront Park is one of many cost-saving measures that will be considered at County budget workshops beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday and running all day and into Friday, if necessary.

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