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Kenwood neighborhood wants Hidden Beach to close at 4 p.m.

The Kenwood neighborhood is offering to pay $5,000 for added police patrols to enforce the earlier closing time.
The Kenwood neighborhood is offering to pay $5,000 for added police patrols to enforce the earlier closing time.
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Following a meeting last week, the Kenwood Isles Neighborhood Association is calling on the Minneapolis Park Board to change the closing time of East Cedar Lake Beach (otherwise known as Hidden Beach) to 4 p.m. for the rest of the season, at least.

The beach currently closes at 10 p.m., but the neighborhood, citing problems with intoxicated misbehavior, late-night loitering, and property crimes (among other issues), has come to the conclusion that the status quo can't be maintained.

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In fact, the resolution put together by KIAA notes that of the 120 email responses the neighborhood group recently received weighing in on proposed changes to Hidden Beach's operations, "a slight majority favored total closing."

More than 80 percent of respondents favored some closing of the beach, the resolution says.

Here's the resolution, which was sent our way yesterday by a neighborhood official:

Hidden Beach Resolution

Larry Moran, chair of the Kenwood Isles Area Association, tells us, "It is definitely up to [the Park Board] to implement the changes we are requesting."

"We hope they consider our request quickly and can make the changes as soon as possible," he adds.

Last week, Park Board officials told us they plan to seek more community input and make a decision about Hidden Beach's future over the winter.

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.




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