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As part of a cost-cutting effort for the new fiscal year, the San Diego City Council approved budget reductions proposed by Mayor Jerry Sanders that included changes to lifeguard operations at Black’s Beach, formally known as Torrey Pines City Beach.

Lifeguards are typically posted at the beach from March to October, a period of eight months. The budget cuts will reduce that period to just over three months — from June to the first week of September (Labor Day) — when two lifeguards will be assigned for duty during mid-day.

An announcement from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (Lifeguard Division) said that they plan to develop a response plan with the State of California Lifeguards for emergencies that may arise in the Black’s Beach area, such as medical aids and water rescues.

According to sandiego.gov, “Lifeguard assistance may take 20 minutes or more to arrive when lifeguards are not on duty at [Black’s Beach].”

Photo: Wannasurf.com

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PistolPete Jan. 9, 2010 @ 3:34 p.m.

See what happens when the city builds undeserving sports teams palaces of suck? People die. This'll do wonders for tourism.


Fred Williams Jan. 9, 2010 @ 11:48 p.m.

Pistol, that's exactly right.

Anyone who is cheering for yet another Chargers stadium ought to be pulled out into the rip currents and left to drown.


shizzyfinn Jan. 10, 2010 @ 12:02 a.m.

Sadly, these kinds of cut-backs in services are going to be the story of 2010. Did you hear about Sunday bus service?


PistolPete Jan. 10, 2010 @ 12:09 a.m.

LOL! I think my brain just ripped some stink ass. :-D


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