WILDWOODS - Beach patrols in Wildwood, North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest are preparing to resume operations protecting the island's beaches.
Lifeguards will guard beaches in all three municipalities starting Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the summer tourism season.
In Wildwood, members of the city's beach patrol will be at select beaches 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 27-29, according to a news release. The same schedule is in place for the following weekend, June 3-4, the city said.
Starting June 10, lifeguards will be stationed at a limited number of beaches daily, the release said. Once the beach patrol is fully staffed, tentatively scheduled for June 24, all beaches will be staffed daily.
Red flags will be placed at beaches where swimming is not permitted. Bathers may also be directed to swim at guarded beaches, according to the release.
In Wildwood Crest, all beaches will be protected from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 27-29 and June 3-4, the city announced. Full daily operation will start June 10 and continue until Labor Day.
The North Wildwood Beach Patrol will also resume operations Memorial Day weekend, according to Chief Tony Cavalier. Weather permitting, lifeguards will be at 15 of the city's beaches from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday through Monday, May 27-29, he said.
Daily operations will start June 10, with the patrol to be fully staffed by July 1, Cavalier said.