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Duluth city leaders say it’s up to beachgoers to be responsible

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DULUTH, MN -- For the first time Wednesday, Duluth city leaders addressed the large crowds that have recently been spotted on Park Point Beach during the pandemic.

Mayor Emily Larson said she believes Duluth beaches will stay open through the summer as long as people are responsible.

"We're trying to navigate our summer, the Duluth way. And trying to figure out what makes the most sense for us. So we've made that choice. It is possible for people to be safe," said Larson.

She added there is plenty of beach for people to enjoy and stay socially distant, but people do need to be aware of the safety risks that come along with it.

Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj said beachgoers need to be aware of weather conditions as lifeguards aren't on duty.

"We will monitor weather and beach conditions on Park Point to provide an accurate and timely information to the public," said Krizaj.

Krizaj said the department is working in conjunction with organizations like the Duluth National Weather Service to provide those updates.

Chief Krizaj advised people to be on the lookout for flag warnings which are indicated with actual flags near the water.

The fire department also has signs posted before you get near the water warning about the current conditions.

Lifeguards aren't on duty due to COVID-19 financial impacts.

Some beaches around the state, including those in Minneapolis, have remained closed.

Emma Quinn

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