Marbletown beach likely closed for season - BlueStone Press
June 15, 2019

Marbletown beach likely closed for season

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After last year’s season, where the beach was open for only eight days, Marbletown employees have tentatively decided not to open the town beach this summer.

"It's not fair for the community, it's not fair for the lifeguards, to be open two days here, one day there," town supervisor Rich Parete said. "Being open eight days in the entire season ... it's just not a good situation."

Parete said the Ulster County Health Department periodically tests public swimming areas.

"We were only allowed to open eight days the entire (2018) season," he said.

"There's no reason to believe that the water quality is going to be better this year," Parete said. "It [contamination] was either from farms or leaky septics."

However, Parete said, the water will still be tested this year.

"We can reevaluate it if it looks safe," he said.

Parete said people could still go sit on the beach, and that the area would still be open to fishing.

"You just can't be in the water," he said.

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