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Jacksonville Beach rejects referendum on volunteer lifeguards

Bob Self
Florida Times-Union
From the historic lifeguard station on the oceanfront, a lifeguard keeps an eye on beachgoers in May 2020.

Voters in Jacksonville Beach will not be voting at the city's next election to determine the fate of the Volunteer Life Saving Corps, which has patrolled the beach there since 1912.

In an emotionally charged meeting Monday, the Jacksonville Beach City Council unanimously turned down a proposed ballot referendum that would have given voters in November the chance to approve having volunteer lifeguards go back on duty alongside paid Jacksonville Beach Ocean Rescue guards.

Council members said they were concerned the referendum was not legally valid for several reasons.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.