Who’s Not Paying Attention to Red Flag Violations in South Haven
When you're heading to a Lake Michigan beach and all of a sudden you see red-flags, that only means one thing and one thing only, NO SWIMMING!
The problem here is that some people don't like to follow the rules and most likely, they will violate any warnings and pay for it later.
Just this week in beautiful South Haven, the South Haven beach put out the no swimming red-flag because swimming in Lake Michigan was considered dangerous. Now you would think that most people would get this and just move on.
According to mlive.com:
South Haven Police Chief Natalie Thompson confirmed Thursday, July 21 that 25 tickets were issued to people who violated the red flag at the South Haven beach on Wednesday. The citations carry financial weight.
And that financial weight happens to be a hefty $1,000 fine. Simple as that. Break the rules and you pay the fine.
What's not to understand about this? I've been to South Haven beach many times and I do remember one time when we couldn't go swimming because of dangerous lake conditions, so we just found something else to do that day.
Mlive.com also adds:
Wednesday’s beach enforcement came after two people drowned July 13 amid high wave conditions. A 33-year-old Ohio man and 7-year-old Texas boy died.
Buy the way out of the 25 tickets that were issued this past week, none of them went to any South Haven residents. Seventeen of those 25 tickets did go to Michigan residents.
Even though it may look like fun to swim in Lake Michigan when the tides are high, the best thing to do is stay out of the water and come back another day when you see calm waters and no red flags!