June 17, 2017 07:01 PM
It was a day that many thought would never come, but it has: the opening of Hamlin Beach for the year.
The opening of one of the area's most popular beaches came on Saturday despite continued high water levels on Lake Ontario.
The beach was full of people on Saturday- something that not everyone expected thanks to the spring waves and erosion.
"I thought there were going to be less," says Claudia Klaver, one of the people on the beach, "because [I thought] people were afraid."
"Because they thought the beach wasn't looking good for them to come and bring their families," she says.
Although people can see still the effects of the spring floods, such as the erosion in Hamlin Beach State Park, Klaver thought the beach looked better than expected.
"People have been saying things, and until you see them for yourself, you really do not know."
"With high water levels, it's better swimming I see," says Gilbert Ortega, another visitor to the beach.
Other local beaches remain closed, however. Durand Eastman Beach, for example, is closed indefinitely by the city due to water and erosion. Hamlin was lucky to open on what officials say was their traditional opening weekend- allowing swimmers to get to it in no time.
"The beach part is pretty by itself, so I didn't think it would make all the way up here," says Amber Kenyon.
Klaver, meanwhile, says her focus isn't on the beach, but on all of those people fighting to save their homes.
"We should have compassion for those that have properties around the lake," she says, "so that their places are being kept nice and they're safe."
Updated: June 17, 2017 07:01 PM
Created: June 17, 2017 04:56 PM
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