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Life Saving Corps threatened in Jax Beach

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Bill Bortzfield

A Jacksonville Beach institution that has been around for more than a century could be shutting down.

The American Red Cross Volunteer Life Savings Corps has provided Jax Beach lifeguard training and volunteers on Sundays and holidays since 1912. But a dispute over labor laws could bring the iconic institution to an end.

Supporters of the corps were at City Hall on Wednesday, hoping to convince city leaders to save it. The city is involved because the lifeguards who watch the beach Mondays through Saturdays are employees of the city, but many of them are also volunteers with the corps, working for free on Sundays and holidays.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner News4Jax.