Closing beaches an option after Maine city gets complaints of people not social distancing

Saco city officials said closing beaches are an option after receiving a flood of complaints from residents of people not socially distancing.Mayor William Doyle said he has received phone calls from angry residents who don’t feel safe going to the beach.”Asking all of our beach goers, residents and nonresidents, to just be respectful of our community. Be respectful of our beaches. Be respectful of our wildlife and be respectful of other beach goers,” Doyle said.Eric Pendleton, whose family has lived on King Avenue for generations, said he is uncomfortable with what he’s seeing on the beach and on his street.”Of course I wouldn’t want the beaches to be closed, but I would just like to see everyone just get on board with putting on a mask, being more mindful of physical distancing, especially if they’re parking here and not from here,” Pendleton said.A member of the city council posted a message on social media that said all options are open, including closing the city’s beaches until after Labor Day, but Doyle said the city will take a wait and see approach.The issue will be discussed in upcoming city council meetings.

Saco city officials said closing beaches are an option after receiving a flood of complaints from residents of people not socially distancing.

Mayor William Doyle said he has received phone calls from angry residents who don’t feel safe going to the beach.

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“Asking all of our beach goers, residents and nonresidents, to just be respectful of our community. Be respectful of our beaches. Be respectful of our wildlife and be respectful of other beach goers,” Doyle said.

Eric Pendleton, whose family has lived on King Avenue for generations, said he is uncomfortable with what he’s seeing on the beach and on his street.

“Of course I wouldn’t want the beaches to be closed, but I would just like to see everyone just get on board with putting on a mask, being more mindful of physical distancing, especially if they’re parking here and not from here,” Pendleton said.

A member of the city council posted a message on social media that said all options are open, including closing the city’s beaches until after Labor Day, but Doyle said the city will take a wait and see approach.

The issue will be discussed in upcoming city council meetings.