PLATTSBURGH — Upped rates at Plattsburgh City Beach aren’t stopping swimmers this year.
For the first time in two decades, the City of Plattsburgh approved an increase to beach-entry fees.
While city and Town of Plattsburgh residents can still access the area for free, some other beach goers are being charged $2 more per visit this summer.
Community Engagement Coordinator Scott Matthews said the beach saw 27,587 visitors in 2018.
And, since its opening on June 24, the beach goers are coming at a similar pace, he said.
“We have not heard any comments or complaints regarding the pricing,” Matthews said.
“Overall on revenue, we are a little ahead compared to where we were last year.”
When first opened, swimmers were limited to a small section of the lake.
That was because high water levels allowed for only a 10 to 15-foot wide beach — in its widest sections.
Once those levels went down, the city had said, beach maintenance, like driftwood and debris removal, could be performed.
“Additional swimming areas will be opened as the water level of Lake Champlain recedes,” a city release had said.
According to Matthews, the City of Plattsburgh has stayed true to that promise and now has three areas open for swimming.
“(There are) no current plans to open any new ones,” he said.
“This is the same last year, where the maximum number of areas was three, as well.”
‘PLAN IN PLACE’
The beach was closed to swimmers for a few hours on Tuesday, July 9.
Matthews said the beach itself wasn’t closed, just the designated swimming areas.
That was due to some “last minute emergencies with some of the staff,” Matthews said.
“We have a plan in place so that it does not happen again.”
Last week, three Burlington, Vt. beaches were closed after cyanobacteria was found in their waters.
That blue-green algae can make humans and animals very sick.
So far this season, Clinton County Public Health Department Director John Kanoza said, no local beaches, like the Plattsburgh City Beach, have been found subject to the bacteria.
“We have been fortunate,” Matthews said.
Kanoza, who added that the bacteria was more prominent in warmer temps, had said health officials would keep an eye on local waters as summer progresses.
More information on cyanobacteria can be found at the New York State Department of Public Health web site.
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