Old beach still closed

BROADALBIN-Beach-goers must continue to find a new spot to enjoy the summer rays in the upcoming months.

The former town beach will remained closed this season. In 2011, the state Department of Environmental Conservation took control of the property.

Town Supervisor Thomas Christopher said a referendum was held in November regarding spending money to maintain the grounds. Christopher said the board didn’t have enough votes. The beach has always been a financial concern. In 2011, the town determined the beach generated $6,000 to $8,000 in annual revenue but cost almost $25,000 to operate.

“I’m not sure what the state is doing with it,” Christopher said. “We just have to abide by what the state wants us to do.”

In previous years, the property has not been gated.

It’s been open for a quite a while now, Christopher said.

“I do think they will be closing it off,” he said.

Emily Kilburn from the Department of Environmental Conservation said the area is managed as a boat launch facility.

“A gate will be installed to ensure the primary use of the area is for the launching and retrieval of boats,” she said.

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