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Two Delaware State Parks beaches will be unguarded starting this week

Visitors to some of Delaware State Park beaches will swim at their own risk starting this week. Lifeguard hours at two ocean swimming beaches are being reduced as the summer winds down.

Delaware Seashore State Park’s Tower Road beach is unguarded during the week starting Monday, Aug. 23, but will have lifeguards on weekends.

Fenwick Island State Park’s Fenwick Lot will also be unguarded during the week, but have lifeguards on the weekends starting next Monday, August 30.

DNREC encourages people to use guarded beaches, including Cape Henlopen State Park’s main beach and the South Indian River Inlet side of Delaware Seashore State Park.  They remain guarded every day through Labor Day with limited staff.

Lifeguard hour reductions are a result of many lifeguards leaving to return to high school, college and school sports camps.

Smaller or limited guarded swimming areas at all Delaware State Parks swimming beaches are available through Labor Day.

Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.