Do You Feel Safe Swimming at the Beach? [POLL]
Don't go in the water! An article in today's Buffalo News confirms what we've all been suspecting: Woodlawn Beach is one of the most polluted beaches in the country. Still, it's not odd to find some 200 cars parked on the site and a packed beach as Western New Yorkers try and beat the heat.
Woodlawn isn't the only dirty beach in the area; several other area beaches had to close after heavy rains last year. In Erie County, Hamburg Town Beach, Lake Erie Beach in Evans, Wendt Beach, St. Vincent DePaul Camp Beach and Bennett Beach all closed at some point last summer due to pollution. In Niagara County, Krull Park Beach Camp and Kenan Beach in Somerset had to close just last week.
Woodlawn has tried to shed its image as "Sewage Beach," according to the Buffalo News article. Town of Hamburg officials are trying to change the reputation from "Closed" to "Caribbean." Many improvements have been made, the area has been cleared of glass and a few restaurants are now open at the site. So far this season the beach has remained mostly open. Still...