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Cryptocurrency Price Predictions 2018: Ripple Is the Clear Winner

Cryptocurrencies Offer Insane Returns
Investors looking for cryptocurrency price forecasts are about to have an embarrassment of riches, because everyone and their uncle is shouting predictions from the rooftops. Some of them may even come true.

Most of these forecasts concern Bitcoin and Ethereum, but do not turn a blind eye to the ones featuring “altcoins” such as Litecoin and Ripple. They are starting from a much lower base, making it easier for them to double, or even triple, in a short amount of time.

For example, XRP grew 3,977% in the first six months of 2017. It is inconceivable that investors can achieve those kind of results from the stock market, yet.

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Litecoin Price Forecast and Analysis – August 25, 2017

Litecoin is often referred to as “the silver to Bitcoin’s gold,” yet it has fallen out of sync with BTC prices in recent months. This divergence—which started in mid-July and festered through August—is creating tons of slack in the Litecoin price forecast.

For example, the LTC/USD exchange rate fell 1.67% yesterday, while the LTC/BTC exchange rate fell 4.89% by comparison. The disparity reflects greater pessimism among investors that already have money in the crypto market.

Many of them rotated funds from LTC to BTC in the weeks running up to the Bitcoin August 1 fork. As a result, Bitcoin appreciated considerably against Litecoin.

However, Litecoin recently became.

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Ripple Price Forecast and Analysis – August 25, 2017

Yesterday brought more bad Ripple news for the bank-friendly cryptocurrency.

XRP prices fell 16.6% (at the time of writing) to $0.219886, marking the third day of consecutive losses in an otherwise positive week. Despite the damage, Ripple is still up 38.6% for the week.

It is likely that by cashing in their gains, some investors set off a chain reaction that led to the precipitous fall. However, the long-term factors propping up the Ripple price prediction remain intact, as was highlighted by the announcement of its upcoming conference: Swell.

Those.

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The ocean is your playground with watersports and scuba diving. Only Beaches all-inclusive Caribbean resorts offer the most comprehensive resort diving program, and best of all, it’s all included.

Pirates Island Waterparks

The ocean is your playground with watersports and scuba diving. Only Beaches all-inclusive Caribbean resorts offer the most comprehensive resort diving program, and best of all, it’s all included.

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KIDS program

At Beaches, we give kids extra attention with tailor-made fun just for them, offering age-appropriate activities for kids of all ages, from tots to teens. With a staff that’s so genuinely caring, it’ll feel like your kids are in the loving hands of a family member who just wants to spoil them.

Hang out with new friends

TEEN ACTIVITIES

At Beaches, teens have the ultimate freedom to their own thing with the people they really want to be with-other teens-at more places created exclusively for them! Always unlimited, always included.

Championship GOLF

Our golf vacation provide everything down to a tee for every level of skill, even for those who want to take their very first shot at it. A Beaches golf vacation in the Caribbean includes more than any other destination for family resort vacations.

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Have the Caribbean wedding you’ve always dreamed of in the most romantic places on earth – from laid-back Jamaica to the pristine shores of Turks & Caicos – with Beaches all-inclusive Caribbean wedding packages.

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Charleston SC Beaches | Five Beaches in Charleston South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina is more than just one of the country’s most beloved cities, it’s home to five beautifully distinct beach towns, each with its own distinctive character, flavor, and magic. Varied in size and vibe, every Charleston beach is an open invitation to slow down, sit back, and savor a life that’s just a little bit sweeter.

Whether you travel by car or plane, making your way to Charleston beaches has never been easier – or more affordable. From an 8 am walk on the beach to an 8 pm reservation at one of Charleston’s award-winning restaurants, you’ll find exactly what you want to do virtually at your fingertips. We can’t wait to see you.

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Top Nude Beaches : Beaches : Travel Channel | Travel Channel

While nude beaches remain largely taboo, there are a number of strands, from North and South America to the Caribbean and Europe, that cater to naturists and those who want to feel sun and air on completely bare skin. Here’s a list of the best beaches where these sun worshippers can shed their skivvies and work on an all-over tan. 1. Little Beach Known as the “unofficial clothing-optional beach” in Maui, Little Beach is an isolated strand surrounded by high shrubs, craggy volcanic rocks and driftwood. Although nude sunbathing is illegal in Hawaii, the law has not been enforced here for years. As a result, Little Beach has become a favorite hangout for naturists and has even attracted the likes of nude recreation expert and artist Dr. Leisure, who has been painting colorful scenes from nude beaches for more than a decade. Activities at Little Beach are plentiful, including swimming, body surfing and whale watching. 2. Haulover Beach

Just north of Miami lies one of the few county-run and government-sanctioned clothing-optional beaches in the United States. For years Haulover Beach has been a haven for naturists from South Florida as well as snowbirds from Canada and Europe. Thanks to the efforts of the South Florida Free Beach Association, this beach has certified lifeguards and organized group activities, such as swimming and volleyball.

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Named for a hulking, wrecked vessel that once sat on the sand, Wreck Beach was Canada’s first government-sanctioned, clothing-optional beach. The 3-mile-long beach is also a wildlife and nesting area for bald eagles. Still, some sections of the beach assume carnival-like atmosphere thanks to its proximity to the University of British Columbia and its popularity with students. One stretch of sand known as Vendors’ Row is a 1-stop shop for souvenirs, refreshments and ever-important sunscreen.

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Public to tackle rowdy beaches in Dennis – Cape Cod Times (subscription)

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SOUTH DENNIS The public will have a chance to weigh in on worries about town beaches, which have been a concern after allegations that teenagers were drunk and having sex in plain view at Mayflower Beach on the Fourth of July.

At the first meeting Monday of the Beach Safety and Monitoring Committee, a seven-member ad hoc committee created by the Dennis Board of Selectmen in response to resident complaints, members drafted a long list of problems they hope to address by November.

The committee will host a public hearing Sept. 11 to gather comments from community members, committee chairwoman Connie Mooers said.

A major issue the committee hopes to address is beachgoers bringing alcohol onto town beaches.

After the Mayflower Beach incident, the Beach and Recreation Department and Dennis Police Department increased beach patrols and began checking all coolers that enter town beaches for glass containers and alcohol, which are prohibited. Despite the efforts, beachgoers are finding creative ways to get around the rules, said Dustin Pineau, director of the Beach and Recreation Department.

Over the weekend, a woman with a metal detector came across a cooler full of beer buried in the sand at a town beach, Pineau said at the meeting.

Another major issue committee members said they will address is the lack of revenue from beachgoers who walk onto the beach or get dropped off by Uber and avoid paying for parking.

Committee member Wendy Thurmond suggested that charging individual beachgoers for day passes could be a solution, but some other committee members said they opposed the idea.

Other issues committee members plan to discuss include traffic congestion, garbage and increased hours of beach monitoring by police or beach staff.

The committee will meet again at 6 p.m. on Aug. 28.

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Health department issues advisory for four county beaches – Palm Beach Post

A health advisory has been posted at four Palm Beach County beaches that have shown elevated levels of bacteria in the water, state health officials said.

Jupiter Beach Park, Carlin Park, Palm Beach and Lake Worth Beach all showed bacterial levels greater than 71 colonies per 100 milliliters of marine water, putting those beaches in the poor category. Water quality is divided into poor, moderate and good ranges, said the Florida Department of Health for Palm Beach County.

Contact with water exhibiting containing high bacteria rates may pose increased risk of infectious disease, especially for susceptible individuals, the health deparment said.

The causes for the elevated bacteria levels that forced the advisory are unknown, but are likely related to wildlife, heavy recreational usage, high surf from high winds and high tides or runoff following heavy rains, health officials said.

The health department recommends that swimmers always rinse off with fresh water after using a natural body of water.

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Drinking alcohol on St. Pete Beach beaches now allowed for hotel guests only – Tampabay.com

ST. PETE BEACH Guests at gulffront hotels here can now drink alcoholic beverages in permitted hotel beach cabana areas.

Residents and other beachgoers who are not registered guests of the hotels continue to be barred from imbibing anywhere on the city’s beaches.

The retreat from the city’s previous total ban on alcohol drinking on both public and private beaches was passed unanimously Tuesday night by the City Commission.

“This is not a free-for-all for drinking on the beach,” said Commissioner Rick Falkenstein, stressing that alcohol is still not allowed on Pass-a-Grille or other city beaches.

Commissioner Melinda Pletcher, who said she is concerned about possible extra law enforcement costs, nonetheless supported the move, saying “it is reasonable to expect (hotel guests) to order a libation, a beverage, while laying out there on the beach.”

Only two people spoke in opposition to the new ordinance.

Bill Pyle, president of the Silver Sands Condominium that’s adjacent to the Postcard Inn, said his neighbors are “intimidated when walking up and down the beach by drunken, unruly behavior” from people on the beach.

David Westmark, representing the environmental group Blue Turtle Society, did not object to serving alcohol to beachgoers, but pressed the city to require hotels to use biodegradable cups instead of plastic.

Mayor Alan Johnson suggested that Westmark speak directly to the city’s hoteliers.

St. Pete Beach now joins neighboring cities in allowing drinking on the beach, at least for hotel guests.

Treasure Island and Madeira Beach both allow drinking by all adults on their city-owned and public beaches, with one exception: Drinking is not allowed at a Madeira Beach beachfront park at 14400 Gulf Blvd. that is owned by Pinellas County. The county bars alcohol at its parks.

Clearwater Beach, the county’s other major tourist beach destination, bans alcohol for beachgoers.

The ordinance was written last year after the city’s staff met with hoteliers and representatives of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The new law allows drinking on the sandy beach only by people registered with or renting rooms and cabanas from permitted hotels.

There are currently 17 hotels on the Gulf of Mexico that rent cabanas in an area stretching from the Don CeSar Hotel to the Postcard Inn.

Annual permits will be granted after a review by the city’s technical review committee.

Those permits could be rescinded if hotels fail to follow city rules:

Hotels must hold an active business tax receipt for cabana rentals.

The sale and serving of alcohol is permitted only within 10 feet of hotel-owned or licensed cabanas.

Cabanas must be at least 75 feet from abutting residential properties (this restriction affects only the Silver Sands Condominiums) and no closer than 50 feet to the wet sand.

All cabana occupants must wear a wristband identifiable to the issuing hotel.

Alcoholic beverage service is restricted to designated cabana areas between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

All drink containers must carry markings identifiable to the related hotel, but glass and plastic straws are prohibited.

If a hotel violates any of the above rules, there are escalating penalties: on the first violation, a written warning; on the second violation, a written warning that the beach-alcoholic beverage permit will be revoked if any additional violations occur within a six-month period; and on the third violation, revocation of the hotel’s beach-alcoholic beverage permit and a ban on reapplying for one year plus an additional six months for each additional violation.

“They (the hotels) wanted this and we’ve given it to them. Now we need to make sure it is carried out in a proper way,” said Commissioner Terri Finnerty.

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Beaches close after sharks are spotted off Cape on Monday – The … – The Boston Globe

A shark took a fatal bite out of a seal off Cape Cods Nauset beach, and the water turned red, while a man swimming nearby and two surfers scrambled for shore.

Pat OBrien was swimming with his 9-year-old daughter when the shark bit the seal 25 feet behind him, he said.

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I was in the water with my daughter, he said. She had just gotten out and I was looking up at her, and she yelled something down to me, but I didnt hear what it was.

When other beachgoers started yelling, Shark! Pat made his way to shore.

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He said he could hear the stricken seal and see its blood in the water near him.

I turned to my left, and I could see it and I could hear it, he said. The seal was making a lot of noise, like it was screaming, Ive never seen so much blood in my life.

The surfers were farther away and didnt think much of the excited crowd on the beach. Pat said they later told him they thought everyone was screaming about the eclipse, which happened about an hour later.

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When Pat was safe on the sand, he saw the injured seal desperately swimming along the shore, trying to escape the shark.

It was headed straight for the surfers.

It looked like the seal was trying to get on the shore, but there were so many people it was afraid, Pat said.

The surfers, two teenage boys, eventually realized there was a shark in the water and jumped off their boards, trying to swim to shore.

Pat said he saw one of the surfers was still attached to his board by an ankle strap, which was slowing him down and tiring him out.

When the surfers started calling for help, Pat and another beachgoer got back in the water and pulled the boys to safety.

Ill never forget the look on his face, Pat said of the boy he helped to shore.

I heard yelling and screeching and thought the world was over, said Samuel Scholonger, 16, of Brooklyn, New York, who was vacationing on Cape Cod with his friend and surfing for the first time.

Pats sister, Meg OBrien, also witnessed the incident, and said although the seal made it away from the shark and the crowd, it bled to death on the shore a little further down the beach.

She took video that showed the seal in the water, leaking blood, and the surfers scrambling to get out.

Nauset Beach was closed indefinitely after the incident, according to Orleans police dispatcher Hannah Green.

A shark was also located by a spotter plane in Truro, resulting in closures at Ballston Beach, Longnook Beach, Coast Guard Beach, and Head of the Meadow Beach, said Damion Clements, the interim recreation and beach director for the town of Truro.

The beaches all closed at different times, but the shark was spotted off the coast of Ballston Beach at 11:27 a.m., Clements said. All the Truro beaches have reopened for swimming.

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Bacteria warning: Midtown, Phipps beaches closed to swimmers – Palm Beach Daily News

Midtown Beach and Phipps Ocean Park beaches are both temporarily closed to swimming because of bacteria levels, the town said.

The Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County sampled the water on Monday and found the water tested poor for enterococci, a type of bacteria normally found in feces.

In a public notice just before 5 p.m. today, the town announced the closing of the beaches and said it is working to have the water quality resampled in order to reopen the beaches as soon as possible.

The health department issued an advisory, noting a potential health risk to the bathing public, after poor water quality samples were found at Midtown Beach, Phipps Ocean Park, the Lake Worth Beach/Kreusler Park, Jupiter Beach Park, and Carlin Park in Jupiter.

Midtown Beach was last underan advisory in June, along with other county beaches.

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Watch The Harrowing Trailer For A, The New Film Starring Dirty Beaches’s Alex Zhang Hungtai – The FADER

On Wednesday, POP Montreal will announce the final wave of artists and films playing the festival from September 13-17. Kicking off Film POP this year is A, a new movie from director Mitchell Stafiej and starring Alex Zhang Hungtai, the musician behind the now-disbanded Dirty Beaches.

Hungtai plays Konrad, an acclaimed musician and alcoholic whose work on an album is derailed by a relapse. The film covers seven days in Konrad’s struggle from inside his apartment, with a cast of other Canada-based musicians like Romy Lightman of Tasseomancy, Bernardino Femminielli, and Alexis O’Hara as members of Konrad’s community.

“I dont mean to shock for the sake of shock,” Stafiej told The FADER over email. “Through all of my films, I work tirelessly to portray a very specific truth that I understand and care about deeply. This truth is usually related to suburbia, youth issues and mental health. There have been so few works that accurately depict what it feels like to be in an alcoholic bender; the fear, the chaos, and the complete lack of control. I wanted to create a piece that truly depicts this shocking and nightmarish insanity.

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Today’s Beach Report: Green flags at five beaches still with lifeguards – Nantucket Island Inquirer

(Aug. 22, 2017) Nantucket town lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day as summer winds to a close at five island beaches: Childrens, Jetties, Madaket, Surfside and Nobadeer.

The Marine and Coastal Resources Departments lifeguard program is providing the public with daily beach condition updates that will be posted here around 10:30 a.m. every morning.

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Elevated swim risk for most Lake Michigan beaches – UpNorthLive.com

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LAKE MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU)–An elevated swim risk will be seen on most Lake Michigan beaches through Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service says beaches along Lake Michigan along northwest lower Michigan are under a Beach Hazards Statement.

NWS says hazards include strong currents and high waves.

Precautionary/Preparedness actions:

The NWS says a high swim risk means life threatening waves and currents are expected. Stay out of the water and stay away from dangerous areas like piers and breakwalls.

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Things To Do in California – Beachcalifornia.com

Things to do in California by city and county. Heres a list of the top 50 cities in California sorted by population and each of the 58 counties in California sorted alphabetically. Each county page lists all the cities in the county so we have things to do in every California city. Sometimes its just easier to browse for things to do than it is to search for something specific. So select a city or county below and start looking for restaurants to eat at, attractions to visit, stores to shop at, outdoor activities to enjoy, and so many more things to do in both Northern and Southern California.

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At Beaches, we give kids extra attention with tailor-made fun just for them, offering age-appropriate activities for kids of all ages, from tots to teens. With a staff that’s so genuinely caring, it’ll feel like your kids are in the loving hands of a family member who just wants to spoil them.

Hang out with new friends

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At Beaches, teens have the ultimate freedom to their own thing with the people they really want to be with-other teens-at more places created exclusively for them! Always unlimited, always included.

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Our golf vacation provide everything down to a tee for every level of skill, even for those who want to take their very first shot at it. A Beaches golf vacation in the Caribbean includes more than any other destination for family resort vacations.

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Swimmer, surfers have close call with shark at Nauset Beach – The Boston Globe

A shark took a fatal bite out of a seal off Cape Cods Nauset beach, and the water turned red, while a man swimming nearby and two surfers scrambled for shore.

Pat OBrien was swimming with his 9-year-old daughter when the shark bit the seal 25 feet behind him, he said.

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I was in the water with my daughter, he said. She had just gotten out and I was looking up at her, and she yelled something down to me, but I didnt hear what it was.

When other beachgoers started yelling, Shark! Pat made his way to shore.

Get Fast Forward in your inbox:

Forget yesterday’s news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email.

He said he could hear the stricken seal and see its blood in the water near him.

I turned to my left, and I could see it and I could hear it, he said. The seal was making a lot of noise, like it was screaming, Ive never seen so much blood in my life.

The surfers were farther away and didnt think much of the excited crowd on the beach. Pat said they later told him they thought everyone was screaming about the eclipse, which happened about an hour later.

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When Pat was safe on the sand, he saw the injured seal desperately swimming along the shore, trying to escape the shark.

It was headed straight for the surfers.

It looked like the seal was trying to get on the shore, but there were so many people it was afraid, Pat said.

The surfers, two teenage boys, eventually realized there was a shark in the water and jumped off their boards, trying to swim to shore.

Pat said he saw one of the surfers was still attached to his board by an ankle strap, which was slowing him down and tiring him out.

When the surfers started calling for help, Pat and another beachgoer got back in the water and pulled the boys to safety.

Ill never forget the look on his face, Pat said of the boy he helped to shore.

I heard yelling and screeching and thought the world was over, said Samuel Scholonger, 16, of Brooklyn, New York, who was vacationing on Cape Cod with his friend and surfing for the first time.

Pats sister, Meg OBrien, also witnessed the incident, and said although the seal made it away from the shark and the crowd, it bled to death on the shore a little further down the beach.

She took video that showed the seal in the water, leaking blood, and the surfers scrambling to get out.

Nauset Beach was closed indefinitely after the incident, according to Orleans police dispatcher Hannah Green.

A shark was also located by a spotter plane in Truro, resulting in closures at Ballston Beach, Longnook Beach, Coast Guard Beach, and Head of the Meadow Beach, said Damion Clements, the interim recreation and beach director for the town of Truro.

The beaches all closed at different times, but the shark was spotted off the coast of Ballston Beach at 11:27 a.m., Clements said. All the Truro beaches have reopened for swimming.

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Today’s Beach Report: Green flags at five remaining beaches still guarded – Nantucket Island Inquirer

(Aug. 21, 2017) Nantucket town lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day as summer winds to a close at five island beaches: Childrens, Jetties, Madaket, Surfside and Nobadeer.

The Marine and Coastal Resources Departments lifeguard program is providing the public with daily beach condition updates that will be posted here around 10:30 a.m. every morning.

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Cornhole finally on California beaches – San Diego Reader

During summer, especially in the Midwest, one can usually find a game of cornhole (tossing a corn-filled sack onto a tilted plank) in progress at the local park. During winter, it is played indoors where there enough room for the 27 feet between player and board. The game has finally found California beaches but with one caveat; its hard to find a beach here that allows drinking beer.

It seems that beer and corhhole, for the adult players anyhow, go hand in hand.

Even at the American Cornhole Championships, players commonly have a beer in one hand.

For the beach-going Californian that would like to play the game as intended and with perfect cornhole balance, there will be adult beverages allowed at the Horseshoe and Cornhole Tournament hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito, which was begun in 2014 as a horseshoe tournament.

Ballast Point and Latitude 33 will provide the suds on the sand at Del Mars Dog Beach, this Saturday, August 26.

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Staffing issues blamed for early beach closures – Eagle-Tribune

The unofficial close of summer, Labor Day, is still two weeks away but many local town beaches are already closing for the season.

Sunday was the last day for lifeguards and sunbathers at town beaches in Methuen, Andover and North Andover, and more across the Merrimack Valley in Haverhill and Windham, Derry and Salem, New Hampshire are slated to close before the end of the month.

New Hampshire beaches tended to stay open a little later than those in the Bay State, but the recreation directors in every city and town pegged their closing dates on the same issue: high school and college students going back to school.

“We’d like to stay open a little longer, but we just don’t have the staffing to do so especially with the lifeguards, that’s the main reason,” said Bill Pare, Methuen’s recreation director. “We have discussed it, it’s just a matter of, it’s very difficult to get lifeguards.”

Forest Lake closed its gates at the end of the day on Sunday, ushering in a new school year that begins next week.

In Andover and North Andover, the sentiments were similar.

Kim Stamas, the director of recreation in Andover, said she’s tried to keep Pomps Pond open until Labor Day before, but to no avail.

“We’ve tried it several times and what happens is, the kids promise you that they’ll stay, but when push comes to shove, they don’t,” she said, adding that she only managed to stay open later in the season once and only for a week.

“It’s just a fact,” she said. “You lose everybody.”

In North Andover, Rick Gorman, the director of youth and recreation services, said he thinks it “makes sense” to close the beach as early as they do, because it aligns with the end of the town’s summer programs; but he added that schools are starting much earlier than they used to not to mention high school sports pre-season training taking teenage lifeguards away from their posts earlier.

“When I was a young kid, nobody did anything before Labor Day. That’s obviously changed over the last years,” he said.

Haverhill’s beach is open later than its neighbors: Plug Pond will likely be guarded until Aug. 29. When asked if the city ever considered staying open with its high school staff, on weekends or after school as some New Hampshire towns have considered, Recreation Director Vinny Ouellette said “the danger” of weekend-only hours is “everyone assumes if it’s open on the weekend, it’s open during the week.”

“They’re gonna go in no matter what. There’s no lifeguard on duty, there’s sanitary issues, there’s safety issues and so forth,” he said.

Beaches in Derry and Salem boasted late closing dates Aug. 27 and 28, respectively but Windham will only have lifeguards until the end of day Tuesday. Recreation Director Cheryl Haas said it’s the last day she has enough of a staff to patrol the water.

Unlike many Massachusetts beaches, however, the parks in the Granite State are still open to the public after the lifeguards turn in; but the directors there also expressed a desire to keep lifeguards around later.

“We would love to stay open til Labor Day, but we’re still trying to work out last minute details to see if we’d have any staff available,” said Eric Bodenrader, director of Derry Parks and Recreation. He said Gallien’s Town Beach will most likely close Aug. 27.

“It’s safe to say it’s an uphill battle,” Bodenrader added.

Bodenrader, Pare and Salem Recreation Coordinator Doug Cole said they’ve struggled in recent years to find enough lifeguards even for the height of the summer.

Cole said that for the first time this year, the Board of Selectmen changed the town’s policies, adding signs at Hedgehog Park that advise swimmers take a dip at their own risk when lifeguards aren’t present. Only four lifeguards worked that beach this year, which Cole called a “typical” amount.

Bodenrader said there is a “definite shortage of certified lifeguards” in New Hampshire, and suggested it could be because certification is both time consuming and expensive, costing up to $400.

“I know it’s definitely a deterrent for a 16-year-old to go take the Red Cross certification class,” Bodenrader said.

Despite the many recreation directors who said they wished they could keep their beaches open, most admitted that about late August, the beaches start to clear out anyway, as students prepare to head back to the classroom.

“I wish I could keep it open, but at the same time, it’s really not that busy,” said Haas, of Windham. “All of a sudden, it’s like, ‘I’m not going to the beach anymore.'”

But Haas said coincidentally, she’s not surprised Tuesday’s forecast is hot a muggy.

“Whenever we close the beach, it’s the hottest day,” she said.

Beach Closings by Town

Massachusetts

Andover Aug. 20

Haverhill Aug. 29 (tentative)

Methuen Aug. 20

North Andover Aug. 20

New Hampshire

Derry Aug. 27 (tentative)

Salem Aug. 28

Windham Aug. 22

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