Many Long Island municipalities will staff beaches with lifeguards beyond...

Many Long Island municipalities will staff beaches with lifeguards beyond the Labor Day weekend. Credit: Morgan Campbell

Don’t put away that swimsuit just yet.

Labor Day might mark the unofficial end of summer, but some Long Island municipalities are extending beach season just a bit by keeping lifeguards on duty.

Lifeguards will stay on for an additional two weekends at Smith Point County Park, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced Thursday in a news release.

“While Labor Day marks the unofficial end to summer, in Suffolk summer is not over, and the joy that summer brings will continue to brighten our days,” Bellone said. “Lifeguards will remain on the stands for an additional two weekends, and I encourage all residents to take advantage of our world-class beaches while the warm weather is still with us.”

Tobay Beach lifeguards will also be staying on, but just for one additional weekend — Sept. 10-11, said Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino in a news release.

New York City's 14 miles of beaches maintained by its Parks Department will remain open with lifeguards through Sept. 11.

Also being staffed past Labor Day are Jones Beach, Robert Moses, Hither Hills, Alfred Smith, Sunken Meadow and Wildwood (until Sept. 18); Point Lookout, Lido Beach, Lido Beach West and Atlantic Avenue Beach (through Sept. 25); and Main Beach East Hampton (through Columbus Day, Oct. 10). Long Beach will have fully staffed lifeguards through Labor Day weekend but no regular patrols after Labor Day, the city posted on Facebook.

The city usually stops staffing the beaches after Labor Day as it marks the end of its summer season.

The city faced a lifeguard shortage this summer and a staffing shortage this week as many of their lifeguards returned to school, according to the Facebook post.

Swimming was prohibited at more than eight beaches Wednesday due to a limited number of lifeguards.

All beaches were expected to fully reopen through Monday.

After Labor Day, the city would continue to have emergency rescue patrols on duty through September in case of emergencies in the water, but did not plan to staff any lifeguard chairs for swimming, city spokesman John McNally said.

Hempstead Town Beaches in Lido Beach, Point Lookout and Nassau County’s Nickerson Beach planned to only remain open on weekends after Labor Day, Hempstead Town spokesman Greg Blower said.

At other beaches, check each beach’s calendar for staffing days and times.

CORRECTION: John Asbury's byline was missing from earlier versions of this story.

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