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Safety first

August 7, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

Hats off to The Mining Journal for its sustained, daily effort to keep readers aware of the need to enjoy Marquette's waterfront safely. The front-page banner alerting folks to check the status of warning flags found at area beaches serves as an important reminder that individuals bear the primary responsibility to check for extreme weather conditions that can cause deadly currents.

In an effort to avoid the tragic drownings that occurred in 2010, the City of Marquette, NMU, Marquette General Hospital, businesses, and area residents made it a priority to improve the education and safety efforts needed to help keep people safe at our beaches and harbors. Those efforts have paid off. However, for the benefits to continue, people who use the waterfront must pay close attention to their own safety and the safety of those they love.

There's no substitute for knowing how to swim, staying alert to dangerous conditions, and taking full advantage of the safe swimming areas designated throughout the city. To learn more, visit

It's another way to help insure that summertime fun creates memories, not nightmares.

Eric Smith




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