To The Daily Sun,
Enforcement of the "no pet" rule at Weirs Beach would probably go a long way of reducing the contamination of the water.
I usually take a walk through the beach parking lot and boardwalk several times a week after 5 p.m.. There is never a day I don't see dogs on the beach. This evening (Tuesday) I witnessed two dogs in the water and one on the beach.
Enforcement of the "no pet" rule is needed, regardless of the time of day. I have seen dog waste on the ground next to the parking lot. Fines need to be levied.
I moved up to Laconia 2-1/2 years ago. One of the attractions was to be able to walk to the beach with my grandchildren. In the three summers I have been here, I have not taken the grandchildren into the water when they have visited. As a Laconia taxpayer (BTW, highest real estate taxes I have ever paid in 33 years as a homeowner) and as a Laconia Water Works rate payer, I would like to see something done. If high bacteria counts make it unsafe for swimming, what about the water we drink? Maybe a sign posted at the beach letting people know that the lake is the drinking water supply for the area might enlighten a few people.
Also, rather than the sign stating that the beach is closed, "no lifeguards on duty", how about a truthful sign that states the beach is closed due to a "high e-coli bacteria count in the water".