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             Mayor’s Office • 100 East Michigan Blvd. • Michigan City, IN 46360 • (219)873-1400 • Fax: (219)873-1515

For Immediate Release

Date: May 19, 2005

                          Beach, Water & Pier Safety Month
                                  Beach Expo 2005
Michigan City, IN (May 19, 2005) –The annual Beach, Water & Pier Safety Expo will be held at
Washington Park Beach from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday, May 27th.

“Beach Safety is the focus of our expo as we try to ensure a fun and safe summer for Michigan City
area children and families,” said Mayor Chuck Oberlie. “If you are raising a family in Michigan City
or visiting the area, water safety is an important issue. The Expo, a multi-agency effort, is
coordinated by the Michigan City Park Department to promote a safe and enjoyable time at the beach
and in Lake Michigan.”

A Beach Safety Task Force was formed in 1998 to address emergency response procedures and
educational opportunities. The goal is to help citizens and visitors enjoy Lake Michigan safely and
responsibly. The Task Force includes members of the Fire Department, Police Department, the dive
team, the Port Authority, Park Department, the U. S. Coast Guard and the LaPorte County
Emergency Medical Service.

“The Beach, Water & Pier Safety Expo is the place for both children and adults to learn about being
safe on the beach and in the water and about emergency procedures,” said Superintendent Darrell
Garbacik. “Rip current precautions and survival will be emphasized. Safety on the pier and near the
lighthouse as well as where to go to find help will also be presented by the M.C. Lifeguards, the
Dunes National Lakeshore, the American Red Cross, the M.C. Dive Team, the LaPorte County EMS,
the M.C. Fire Department, and the U. S. Coast Guard. They will be on hand to demonstrate
equipment, procedures, and provide sound preventative techniques and advice to avoid tragic
accidents while at the beach.”

The beautiful beaches of Northern Indiana represent a world renowned recreational resource, and the
citizens of Michigan City and visitors alike are drawn to the Michigan City lighthouse, pier and
catwalk each year to go fishing, to take photos, or simply to enjoy a casual stroll. Lake Michigan has
dangers that can be effectively managed through public awareness and the vigilance of professional
lifeguards, parents, caregivers and knowledgeable bathers.
Mayor Oberlie said, “The citizens of Michigan City and our visitors must understand and respect the
power of Mother Nature and the unforeseen hazards that can exist just below the water line. Quickly
developing weather and lake conditions can change the character of a pleasurable day at the beach.”

Have fun…but always act in a safe manner! This is another of the important messages delivered
during the Beach Expo.

The Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department staffs Red Cross Certified lifeguards in a
designated area at the Washington Park lakefront from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
weekend. Guards are on duty from 10 a.m.—5 p.m. Monday Through Friday and from
10 a.m.—6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Mayor Oberlie said, “We ask everyone who visits the lakefront to respect Lake Michigan and
exercise sound common sense. Obey all beach rules. They are in place to protect our citizens and
visitors and to help ensure that they have a great day on our beaches.”

National Beach Safety Week is May 23-30, 2005. Each year, as summer begins, the United States
Lifesaving Association sponsors National Beach Safety Week in an effort to remind beachgoers to
use caution in the aquatic environment. Visit for more

For beach and swimming conditions, call 219/873-1406 X 390.
For more beach information, visit and
For more information on the Beach Expo, call the Parks & Recreation Department at
219/873-1506 or e-mail