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Sunset Beach to hold special meeting on beach safety


SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Sunset Beach leaders will hold a special meeting next week to discuss about beach safety. The town council has scheduled the meeting for Monday at 3 p.m. at Town Hall.

Two people drowned off Sunset Beach July 3. Another person drowned just up the coast in Ocean Isle Beach the same day. A man drowned a day later at Holden Beach.

Some people have criticized Brunswick County beach towns for not having lifeguards on their beaches during the summer.

The Sunset Beach Town Council says it may take action during Monday's meeting.

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Ideas to improve public safety at area beaches.

Many of the Brunswick County beach Town's utilize fire departments for water rescue for rescue and recovery. Often public safety personnel from the various Town's police, fire and code enforcement patrol the beaches during the summer time on the beach stand. Signage is a great idea and if local Town's would place a request to Brunswick County Emergency Services they could utilize mobile information signs setup at the base of each bridge to inform beach goers of rip currents or other hazards. As these warnings are issued in advance by the National Weather Service which would allow time to post mobile warning information signs. To adequately address the issues I believe it will take stakeholders beyond a single Town. Utilizing partnerships to work together towards a few ideas:
1. Implementing Warning Systems. Portable trailer signs during special hazards like rip currents.
2. Expanding existing capabilities of fire departments to provide lifeguard personnel on beaches during summer months.
3. Cross training personnel to serve as lifeguards is possible since emergency responders work shift work and Town's could hire emergency responders on there days off to work in a lifeguard capacity.
4. Implement a pilot program at the beach to establish a section of the beach is covered by lifeguards. This may be a viable option.

Consider a sign like we see

Consider a sign like we see on interstate that can be sign from either side. Place them on the bridges to warn of rip current conditions etc. That would be enough for those going and coming. Some have no tvs or don't watch the news and weather to know or beaware.

Those who have no TV's ........

... and don't watch the news or weather or know to "beaware" probably don't have the ability to read as well.

Perhaps they can just put a town crier on the bridge. (Hear ye, hear ye! Ye olde rippe currant is most evil today!)


Train the dolphins !!

Flipper's grandson would be proud to do water rescue.

No need for a government pension either.