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Briar Point Beach to reopen this weekend

COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) -- After being closed for about two weeks straight, Briar Point Beach in Coventry is set to reopen this weekend.

The town announced Friday afternoon that the beach will be fully staffed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The beach was closed to swimming in late June after high bacteria levels were found in the water. Four consecutive tests over the last two weeks revealed the water is now safe, according to the town.

"We have lifeguard spots, no lifeguards. We have a playground, no kids. We have picnic tables, nobody’s eating, because nobody can swim here," town resident Adrian Paradiso said.

On Friday, all Paradiso could do was come and look out over the water. He said it seems like that’s all he can do each summer.

"It always comes up bacteria-infested and they have to kick everybody out of it every year," he said of the water in Lake Tiogue.

Paradiso isn't alone in feeling that way. Lester Fuller has lived in the area for decades and brought his dog down to get some fresh air.

"I’d love to come down and take a nice dip but I don’t really trust this place," Fuller said.

Besides Paradiso, Fuller and some swans, the area was pretty much empty on Friday, but that could all change when the beach reopens on Saturday.

As of Friday night, Goddard State Beach and Warwick and Camp Grosvenor Beach in North Kingstown remain closed. On average, the other Rhode Island beaches that have been closed so far this year have reopened after about three days.

Visit the R.I. Department of Health's website for updates.

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