There will no longer be a supervised public swim area at Sylvan Beach, the Village of Sylvan Beach announced Wednesday.
The village says they’ve reached this decision because it has become “economically impossible” to comply with the New York State Sanitary Code regarding beaches.
One of the reasons is because the Sanitary Code requires supervision for areas outside of the supervised swim area, meaning that those swimming in the unsupervised area must be directed to leave the water. The village says that Oneida Lake doesn’t belong to the village, and they don’t have the authority or resources to keep people out of the unsupervised swim areas.
Another reason the village is unable to keep up with the state Sanitary Code is because the supervised swim area must be closed any time that blue-green algae is visible, and a water sample then has to be driven to Albany, which led to the swim area being closed for about half of last season.
It will now be “swim at your own risk,” and the village highly recommends that children be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult.