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Empty Chair Today

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There is no lifeguard on duty today on this beach at Presque Isle State Park near Erie, Pennsylvania.

It is tempting to say there is no need for a lifeguard because few people are on the beach on a weekday in late August after school has returned to session. Yet people can get in trouble in the water whether there is just one person on the beach or a thousand.

The lifeguard chair probably is empty due to economic and availability reasons. Many of the lifeguards are students and now they are back in school, whether it be college or high school.

Perhaps on the weekend the lifeguards will be back in their chairs when more people are on the beach in the final days of summer.

But today all is quiet and the lifeguard chair is empty.

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