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City beach finances under water

Cloquet Community Education and Recreation director Erin Bates told city councilors Tuesday that the city’s Beach at Pinehurst hit its largest deficit this summer, with revenues at $50,619 and expenses at $84,957, a difference of more than $34,000.

Her presentation was informational only, intended to let the councilors know what’s happening. Graphs and charts going back more than 10 years showed the city swimming pond making money or close to breaking even from 2009 through 2018. In recent years, the gap between revenue and spending has grown. Attendance has dropped by about 50 percent since 2...