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State bans swimming at beach

July 19, 2011
By BARBARA COOK , The Leader Herald

BROADALBIN - Swimming no longer is allowed at the former Town Beach.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation now controls the beach and has posted no-swimming signs. The area is now an extension of the adjacent state boat launch for cartop boats, such as kayaks and canoes, and fishing, Town Supervisor Joseph DiGiacomo said.

Earlier this year, people had been using the beach at their own risk because no lifeguards were on duty. They weren't considered trespassers because the area wasn't posted, but now that the signs are up, DiGiacomo said tickets may be issued by the DEC to those who violate the no-swimming rule.

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Despite no-swimming signs posted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, visitors to the former Broadalbin Town Beach were swimming Thursday.

The Leader-Herald/Barbara Cook

DiGiacomo said people are welcome to park in the former beach parking lot and use the area for sunbathing and enjoying the view of the lake. Tickets are issued to anyone parking in the boat-launch lot without a trailer, so DiGiacomo said the new arrangements should alleviate that situation.

The Town Council decided not to open the beach this year because it costs too much to operate. The beach generated $6,000 to $8,000 in annual revenue but cost as much as $25,000 to operate, DiGiacomo said. He said that figure may not seem like much, but it is a lot for a town the size of Broadalbin.

The Broadalbin and Perth youth commissions, which had each used the beach two days a week, now are using the Mayfield Town Beach off Route 30 instead. Participants are paying $1.50 each per day.

The Mayfield Town Board voted to offer season beach passes to residents of Broadalbin and Perth for $30 per car.

According to Mayfield Deputy Town Clerk Virginia Hall, as of Thursday, two passes had been sold to Perth residents and four to Broadalbin residents. The Mayfield Town Beach does not offer day passes.

Before going to the Mayfield town clerk to buy a pass, the applicant needs to go to the town clerk in Perth or Broadalbin to get a note confirming residency.

DiGiacomo said it's unlikely this year's budget will be able to put any money back into the beach because of the state's recent approval of a 2 percent property-tax cap.

Calls to the state DEC for comment were not returned.

Barbara Cook covers rural Fulton County. She can be reached at ruralnews@leaderherald.com.

 
 

 

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