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  •  Well of course (5+ / 0-)

    that 334k included a decent cut for the owner, or why do it?

    They would still have to pay unemployment insurance, workman's comp, some kind of payroll service, some cursory background checks (which would happen way more often, because I'm sure their turnover was outrageous) - all expenses that the city already has, since they have employees. Adding a few more people won't impact that much.

    So the city pays double and gets 5 times the impact, with much better coverage and quality of employee.

    This isn't some city pool that's only open in the summer. This is a beach in an area that gets tourists year round, where you can use the beach year round. Lifeguards are needed year round, not just for 4 mos of the year.

    I can see a contractor running lifeguard services for a big city that only has pools open for a few months. But NOT on a beach that's used year round.

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