Sparks Fly Over Keeping King's Beach Safe, Open

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — At the annual Metropolitan Beaches Commission meeting Tuesday, local and state officials talked about their commitment to keeping beaches clean and the public safe.

But the discussion turned heated when the leader of a group called “Save King’s Beach” criticized commission members saying they are not doing enough about the polluted conditions at King’s Beach.

The beach is located in both Lynn and Swampscott, and is consistently ranked by the state as among the most polluted in the region. “We are not doing nearly enough to protect citizens and to prioritize health,” said Andrea Amour. “We need to allow everyone in the Lynn/Swampscott community access to a basic resource like a beach.”

Lynn state senator Brendan Crighton, co-chair of the commission, responded by saying he agrees that more needs to be done including expediting water testing, and more effectively communicating to the public when the water at King’s Beach is not safe for swimming due to high levels of bacteria.

But Amour said whatever is being done is not enough. And that she has had repeated bacterial infections from coming into contact with the water at King's Beach.

WBZ’s Carl Stevens (@CarlWBZ) reports.

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