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Hempstead Town provides sunscreen dispensers at beaches, pools

Supervisor Anthony Santino at Hewlett Point Park announced

Supervisor Anthony Santino at Hewlett Point Park announced that 25 free sunscreen dispensers are to be installed at all town beaches and pools. He is joined by Grace Muller, 11. June 1, 2017 Photo Credit: Uli Seit

Apply generously and repeat.

Hempstead Town officials on Thursday made it easier for sun worshippers and beach babies to stay safe, providing free sunscreen at all town pools and beaches.

The sunscreen dispensers will be added at pools and beaches at Hewlett Point Park in East Rockaway, Lido Beach and Point Lookout.

Long Beach City officials are voting on a similar measure next week that would add sunscreen dispensers on the beach and the boardwalk.

Hempstead Town is installing 25 dispensers using a $25,000 grant from South Nassau Communities Hospital.

“How many times do you arrive at the beach or local pool only to find out that the pesky sunscreen lotion was left at home?” Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino said. “It’s not worth taking the risk of spending an entire day in the sun without protection.”

Each dispenser holds about one quart of SPF 30 Triple Action Sea Kelp sunscreen that is water resistant for up to 80 minutes.

The dispensers are being provided by Destination Brands International, makers of Miami Beach Suncare. The lotion will be kept in a locked container refilled throughout the day as needed, town officials said.

Last year Hempstead beach lifeguards were equipped with 60 bottles of sunscreen to be handed out on the beach. The town also passed out 2,500 packets of sunscreen.

“As a result of this new program, residents of the South Shore will enjoy a safer summer by having easier access to sunscreen,” South Nassau president Richard Murphy said.

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