New beach warning system installed at Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon
MUSKEGON, MI – A new beach warning system with signal lights and strobes has been installed at Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon.
Light fixtures resembling traffic lights with red, yellow and green lights were installed on the bathhouse / beach concession building and in the kite board building in front of the water filtration plant .
In addition, red strobe lights have been installed on the roofs of buildings and will be used to warn of dangerous conditions.
The system is connected to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which monitors water conditions. Green means the water is safe, yellow advises swimmers to be careful, and red advises against swimming.
Strobe lights will flash when conditions are too unsafe for swimming.
The lighting system has a manual control so that if the conditions seem worse than those indicated by NOAA, the lights may reflect it.
The warning system, which costs around $ 13,600, could be replicated at the city’s Kruse Park if it appears to be effective, city officials said earlier.
More work is needed on the kitesurf building’s antenna for the lights to work properly, said Leo Evans, Muskegon’s public works manager.
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In 2014, the city proposed a $ 70,000 system at Père Marquette Beach that included two 30-foot towers equipped with flashing red lights and audible tones that could be activated to warn bathers of dangers. Problems obtaining funding and concerns from citizens, including those living near the beach, prompted city officials to drop the proposal.
The city used to pay to have lifeguards at Père Marquette Beach, but this program was discontinued in 2010.
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