Good Question: Beach closed, where's the money?

October 17, 2017 06:35 AM

Every year, the City of Rochester sets aside money to maintain and operate the Durand Eastman Beach. But since it was closed the entire season, where's that money now?

Larry Arnone grew up near Durand Eastman. "I have been here a long time, saw a lot of changes. I love how it's set up," Arnone said.

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That was before flooding caused big problems and erosion here. It's been months since lake levels rose and the beach remains closed.

"It’s in ruins, there's a big rut and you can't get onto the beach from this access point." Arnone said.

The beach has been closed all season, so when it comes to the money budgeted for upkeep, Arnone wants to know where it went.

We reached out to city hall and nobody would talk on camera but they did, based on our request, pull the numbers. The city set aside $155,000 to operate the beach this year.

Since it was closed, the city did not fill these positions:

1 Grounds Equipment Operator
2 Laborers
1 Assistant Pool Manager
3 Captains
1 Lieutenant
11 Lifeguards

In total, the city did not spend $150,000. A spokesperson told us around $5,000 was spent on general maintenance.

So while the high lake levels were not good news, a silver lining for the city. A city spokesperson says the money not spent is a savings for the city.
We did ask if the city will spend some of the money to repair the beach erosion or if leaders are waiting on state and federal aid for that. Our question was not answered.


Pat Taney

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