Lake Dorien, Fla.
— In the winter of 2011, the students and their parents were swimming to the Great Lakes for the first time since their grandparents were forced to move to Canada during the Great Depression.
In the summer, their summer camp was set up near the lake.
But on a recent Friday, the children were in the water in the school district’s backyard, far from the school.
A few hundred feet away, the lake was about to open up.
“We’re just going to see if it’s a good idea to go back and swim,” said Sarah Knecht, the principal at Dorien Lake College.
“It’s not going to be a long vacation.
I don’t know how long that will be.”
Knektts husband is a nurse, and she wants her children to be able to enjoy the lake, as well as its many amenities, including a summer camp.
“If I can bring them out there and see them all in the summer and be able walk by, that would be really, really cool,” Knettts husband said.
“So, you know, it’s just one more thing to get out there.”
The lake is located about 20 miles southeast of Fort Lauderdale, in a residential area, and the district is considering a ban on the lake as part of its winter safety measures.
But the district said the lake could still open for swimming.
“Lake Dorien has been closed to all but the most qualified and licensed water users for more than 50 years, and there is no evidence that the lake will open to all, if not all, people during the next winter months,” according to a statement from the district.
“This is simply not the case.
We are currently working on a plan to reopen Lake Dorrien to all water users, including recreational and educational, in the fall.”
There is no information about the size of the crowds that might be expected to flock to the lakes.
“I don’t think there’s anybody that’s going to want to come down here,” Kerettts said.
For now, she said, the district will let the children swim until the lake opens again.
“And then I’m going to get them back out there in the spring, and I’m just going do what I have to do to keep them out of trouble,” Konectts said, adding that she believes a ban is unlikely.
“My guess is they’re going to come back and have fun,” she said.
But she acknowledged that there is a risk to children and their families who want to swim in the lake during the winter months.
“There’s a real risk of getting in a boat, and that’s a risk I don�t want to have to take,” Konest said.