It's the middle of summer, and thousands of people are spending their days along the worlds most beautiful beaches. Unfortunately sometimes the gulf is rough and dangerous. Recently a teenage girl from Georgia drowned in the surf.
Bay County Commissioners are debating whether or not they can fund lifeguards on county beaches. They have instructed county staff to research the cost and process of a lifeguard program.
County Commissioner Mike Thomas says it would be expensive to fund lifeguards every quarter mile along the beach. He's not willing to use ad velorum taxes to pay for it. "I think the county could put them at the county pier and Rick Seltzer park and require they be surf rescue life guards," Thomas says.
County staff will research the cost of placing lifeguards on county beaches and report back to the Commission. They meet again on Tuesday the 16th.