MUSKEGON, MI – A new beach warning system featuring traffic-signal style lights and strobes has been installed at Muskegon’s Pere Marquette beach.
Light fixtures resembling traffic signals with red, yellow and green lights have been installed on the beach’s bathhouse/concession building and at the kite boarding building across from the water filtration plant.
In addition, red strobe lights have been installed on the buildings’ roofs and will be used to warn of hazardous conditions.
The system is connected to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that monitors water conditions. Green means the water is safe, yellow advises swimmers to take caution and red advises against swimming.
The strobe lights will flash when the conditions are too hazardous for swimming.
The light system has a manual override so that if conditions appear worse than NOAA indicates, the lights can reflect that.
The warning system, which costs about $13,600, could be replicated at the city’s Kruse Park if it seems to be effective, city officials said earlier.
In 2014, the city proposed a $70,000 system at Pere Marquette beach that included two 30-foot towers outfitted with flashing red lights and audible tones that could be activated to warn beach-goers of hazards. Problems securing funding and concerns of citizens, including those who live near the beach, prompted city officials to drop the proposal.
The city used to pay to have lifeguards at Pere Marquette beach, but that program was eliminated in 2010.
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