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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is now advertising for lifeguards to work this summer at DeLeon Springs State Park, after announcing earlier that it would not provide lifeguards this year at the popular swimming spot.

Lauren Engel, a spokeswoman for the DEP, told The Beacon the state agency could not find candidates for the position. 

Caution signs would be placed around the pool, Engel said, adding that the department was searching for alternative safety measures, which she could then name.

The state park website also cautioned that DeLeon Springs would not have lifeguards.

But maybe it will.

“We have not yet contracted with a lifeguard for DeLeon Springs for the summer season,” DEP spokeswoman Dee Ann Miller told The Beacon via email May 18. She added, “We have continued to work to identify opportunities to contract for these services, and as part of these efforts we have advertised the position at DeLeon Springs.”

The job opening is listed in The Beacon and at https://jobs.myflorida.com, and the pay range is listed at $12-$15 hourly.

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