Coney Island beach must wait until next week for lifeguards

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CONEY ISLAND -

At the beach between West 19th Street and West 29th Street in Coney Island, there are no lifeguards, no signs warning people off -- and no indication that there's no swimming allowed.

But visitors say they've been chased out of the area by city Park Enforcement Patrol officers.

The Parks Department says it's facing a lifeguard shortage as most of its lifeguards are students who have not yet returned home from college for the summer.

"High season at our city beaches begins July 4," the department says. "Our beaches will be fully staffed accordingly."

The stretch of beach between West 19th and West 29th streets will begin to see lifeguards next week.

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