City of Anna Maria not getting lifeguards

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ANNA MARIA-- Citing concerns over cost, Anna Maria City Commissioners agreed Thursday night, that hiring lifeguards is not a feasible option.

While no official vote was taken, the Commissioners did agree with one another that lifeguards are not needed. In Anna Maria's history, there have never been lifeguards stationed on the city's beach strand. 

There was recent talk, however, that maybe it was time to look into it, after 14-year-old Dushay Nelson drowned there earlier this month.

There are lifeguards stationed on the the beaches just south of Anna Maria at Coquina/Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach. In April 6-year-old Lamontea Taylor drowned at Coquina Beach.

Commissioners did mention the possibility of placing colored flags at the city beach, as a way of warning beachgoers of the conditions. That idea goes along with the signs that are already in place, advising swimmers what to do if they get caught in a rip current.

WHILE NO OFFICIAL VOTE WAS TAKEN ---THE COMMISSIONERS DID AGREE WITH ONE ANOTHER THAT LIFEGUARDS ARE NOT NEEDED.

     IN ANNA MARIA'S HISTORY, THERE HAVE NEVER BEEN LIFEGUARDS STATIONED ON THE CITY'S BEACH STRAND.

     THERE WAS RECENT TALK, HOWEVER, THAT MAYBE IT WAS TIME TO LOOK INTO IT---AFTER 14-YEAR-OLD DUSHAY NELSON DROWNED THERE EARLIER THIS MONTH.

     WE SPOKE WITH MAYOR SUE-LYNN AFTER THE MEETING---ASKING HER WHY SHE FELT HER PEERS MADE THE RIGHT CALL.