Olcott Beach closed again to E. coli, but businesses are not suffering

OLCOTT, NY (WKBW) – Olcott Beach hasn’t been able to take a break since opening to the public for the summer season.

For the fifth time this summer, Olcott Beach was closed by the Niagara County Health Department due to an outbreak of E. coli. This is obviously dangerous for people to interact with as E. coli can cause the following symptoms.

  • Severe stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • high fever

Although most people can recover within a week, it’s still something to worry about. With that, you would think it would affect local businesses near the beach. Without the beach, no traffic on the beach, which could reduce the clientele of certain stores, right?

Karen Young, owner of Gift Box at the beach, said otherwise.

“We have no problems here. We’re open seven days a week,” Young said.

What’s interesting is that whenever the water is closed to the public, it’s never the weekend. In fact, county E. coli testing takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This means that if the beach is closed during the week, they retest just before the weekend.

“We didn’t close it on weekends. It was open Saturday and Sunday, which are obviously the busiest times,” Young said.

And even for people who want access to water but can’t go to the beach, Young said that doesn’t deter people from coming to Olcott.

“For people who need to cool off there is a splash pool which is open 7 days a week. It’s frustrating to hear the negativity because Olcott is great whether the beach is open or not,” said said Young.

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