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Lifeguards continue to patrol, Hollywood residents' voices heard

Thanks to the concerted effort of Hollywood residents, weekday beach-goers will continue to have their lives guarded.

Following protests from residents, plans to cut 31 part-time lifeguard positions were abandoned. This idea came about in an effort to save money, during a tight budget year. The plan would have left the north and south end of Hollywood beach lifeguard-less on weekdays.

More than 1,100 people signed a petition on change.org asking city administration to not eliminate these lifeguard positions. Many residents also called city officials, personally expressing their concern.

Ed Galindo, who organized the effort, is satisfied with the result. “We need these lifeguards and it would have been a bad idea to eliminate these positions,” he said.

Vice Mayor Peter Hernandez said he is glad that the lifeguards remained on the job. “We need to have those lifeguards on the beach,” he said.

David Volz
David Volz
David Volz has been a reporter for Hollywood Gazette since 2011 and has worked for numerous community news publications throughout South Florida over the past two decades including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and South Florida Business Journal. He is a Professor in the Business department at Broward College and the editor of the Coral Springs Connection, an online community news website. He covers city government, schools, sports events, cultural activities, faith groups and workplaces.

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