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Park Pointers urge traffic and beach safety this summer

Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 8:04 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (CBS 3 Duluth) - A visit to Duluth’s Park Point Beach is an annual sign of summer for many Northlanders.

However, for those who live near the beach, the summer months mean traffic and more people in the neighborhood.

For Lavonne Grant and her husband Bruce, a trip to Duluth means a day at the beach.

“This is a Northern paradise I would call it,” said Lavonne Grant, a beach-goer from Kettle River.

The Grants travel from Kettle River to Park Point many times each summer to soak up lots of sun and do a little swimming.

“It makes you toughen up and be brave and get out in that cold water,” said Grant.

Grant likes the people she meets in the Twin Ports.

“You meet locals, you meet visitors, and the locals are more interesting than the visitors,” said Grant.

But some of those locals are concerned that some visitors cause problems, both on and around the beach.

“Speeding is a huge concern, last night we had two residents witness drag racing,” said Pat Sterner, a traffic safety volunteer with Park Point Community Club.

According to Sterner, once summer hits, Minnesota Avenue gets busy and dangerous.

“Passing on the shoulders is another big issue, and passing across the double yellow lines,” said Sterner.

Last year, some community members took matters into their own hands and wrote down the license plates of offenders, and passed them on to police.

This year, Sterner is urging people to observe the 30 mph speed limit on much of Minnesota Avenue.

Dawn Buck is President of the Park Point Community Club, she’s said on the beach litter has become a problem.

“If you’re planning on coming down for a picnic, bring an extra bag to put your trash in,” said Buck.

According to Buck, many Park Pointers are practicing what they preach.

“A number of us pick up trash, every day people come down,” said Buck.

She’s happy to see visitors in the area and hopes they’re taking better care of the beach.

“I love being on the water. I’d like to share it with people who come down here. I love to see the joy on families’ faces who’ve never been by the lake. I love to see them experiencing and learning about it,” said Buck.

The Park Point Community Club holds fundraisers throughout the year to help keep the beach clean.

This coming weekend they’re holding the 50th annual Park Point Art Fair.

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