No one expected 90 degree weather to hit Bridgeport on June 3rd, causing hundreds of swimmers looking to cool off. The problem according to Mayor Ben Dover is the lifeguard shortage, now in its third year. Swimmers still hit the beach this morning after being warned there would be only one lifeguard on duty.
|Swimmers arrived in swarms as the temps rose in Bridgeport|
Dover's critics are saying he is dragging his feet, in part because of the type of lifeguards he is looking for. Accusing the Mayor of being sexist for insisting the applications ask for bust size of all female applicants, city counsel members want to bring in an outside hiring specialist.
Meanwhile, the beach area is packed with swimmers. Normally the beach has 50 to 70 swimmers at any given time. Since early Saturday that number has swelled to between five hundred and a thousand. To make room for everyone, swimmers are prohibited from sitting or lying on the beach and must stand when not in the water. OFF THE WALL NEWS will monitor this story throughout the Summer.