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The official 2019 rules for Bradford Beach are now posted.

Bradford Beach releases revised rules

Today, the Milwaukee County Parks – on behalf of Bradford Beach – posted its new, final rules. Earlier this week, a list of rules popped up on social media platforms and many were disgruntled by the vague alcohol and photography regulations.

Ian Everett, marketing and communications manager for the Milwaukee County Parks, said the list was a draft – not a finalized list. Today, the parks released the new list, clarifying that coolers filled with drinks of any kind are not permitted, but bringing a beverage or two to the beach is permitted.

Some residents think this isn't enough clarification and that the rule is in place so the Milwaukee Police Department can clamp down on some Milwaukeeans while letting it slide with others.

"The rules are too arbitrary," says Wendy Mesich. "When does a shade tent become too big? Is a six-pack OK but not a 12-pack? These arbitrary rules lead to arbitrary enforcement – which always means black and brown people get the shaft."

The new rules also clarify that only professional photography requires a permit, but casual photography is fine. The new rules also enforce the legality of carrying a registered concealed weapon.

Everett says the vision for Bradford Beach is to ensure it's safe, clean and welcoming for everyone and the focus this year is to make the beach more accommodating for people in wheelchairs.


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