Visitors seeking to use Hollywood Beach this Memorial Day Weekend should be aware there be will no lifeguards on duty, the Ventura County Harbor Department announced.

Harbor Department Director Mark Sandoval said the hiring process for lifeguards is ongoing, but slower than normal due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Hollywood Beach should be staffed with lifeguards by the end of June. “No Lifeguard On Duty” signage has been posted on easements leading to Hollywood Beach.

“Visitors should be aware there will be no lifeguards on duty this weekend and proceed with caution,” Director Sandoval said. “Swimming at Hollywood Beach is always a popular activity for our community and visitors, and I encourage families to be mindful of the conditions.”

In addition to managing the Channel Islands Harbor, the Harbor Department is charged with maintaining Hollywood and Silver Strand beaches, along with oversight of the seasonal lifeguard program. The seasonal lifeguard program generally runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends.

Silver Strand Beach and Kiddie Beach will be staffed with lifeguards this weekend.

Editor’s Note: this story was published on May 28, 2021.