District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson and some Navarre Beach residents are advocating for Santa Rosa County to place additional lifeguard staff and stations west of Navarre Beach Fishing Pier.
But some county officials argue such a move could increase the county’s risk.
Currently the county has four permanent lifeguard stations on the east side of the pier. Williamson suggested adding four more on the west side of the pier, at a projected annual cost of $50,000 each, which includes staffing.
“I’m concerned about the precedent we’ll be setting,” District 5 Commissioner Lane Lynchard said. “I’m afraid we may expose ourselves to liability.”
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