Itchin’ to swim? Check the sign

You can’t see it, but it’s there.

The blissful bay water is tempting, particularly on those red-hot, we’re having a heat wave days, but before dipping that first toe into the water, go back to the wooden walkway entrances and watch for the signs that report whether or not it’s a good idea to wade in.

Swimmer’s itch is caused by microorganisms that sometimes throw large micro-organism parties and many are the times that children and even literate grownups have missed the sign, and played in the water. Not everyone comes out with a nagging leg itch, but some do, and while it’s not fatal or even a good excuse to miss school, it does itch. It really does.

Read the signs, then decide if it’s still a good plan to play in the bay.