John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
When we were kids, we used to sit up on the hill by the big tree (now gone) on a blanket and go swimming at South Shore Beach. The sand was always hot and the stones in shallow water always hurt the feet. The water was always cold. It used to be fun to play in the sand and look for beautiful stones to take home for a home garden or to put on display. There used to be a lifeguard sitting on a high chair watching all of the bathers at the beach. If you ever lost anything in the sand, it would be very difficult to retrieve. All of the sand looked the same and you could never be certain of where you lost your item. Dogs were not allowed on the beach. You could have some great fun while swimming there.
Now you can always find a sign posted stating no swimming due to bacteria in the water. Whether the bacteria came from the birds or from the sewerage plant is still disputed. You can now swim at your own risk and get very sick or just sun bathe at the beach. Now you can have your dog at the beach. What a difference time makes.
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