Florida weather may be warming up again, but there won’t be many beach days in the near future for Sunshine State residents and visitors. While a few sandy shores still remain open — with some restrictions in effect — others have been shut down completely. In an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19, these Florida beach closures have been announced to the public — some for an undetermined amount of time.
Currently closed locations include all Eglin beaches on Okaloosa Island and Palm Beach County until the end of the month. Navarre Beach and its fishing pier closed last week, as did all private and public beaches in Destin.
Beaches in Walton County will be closed for the next 30 days. Clearwater Beach will close for at least the next two weeks, with an expected reopening date of April 6, 2020. Tampa voted for a beach shutdown as well, with Lee County closing all county-owned beaches.
Despite the Clearwater Beach closure, you can escape to its sparkling isles with wine in hand, and watch the sunset from the comfort of your couch through continuous live cam footage.
Joining them on the list of closures are Sarasota, Manatee, and Miami-Dade counties, as well as Naples and Fort Myers, which have closed all of their public beaches.
Fort Myers has even closed public parking and access points and shut down commercial activities, fining those who do not comply with the closures up to $5000.
Private beaches owned by resorts and residents in the Clearwater area also remain open.
For those still planning on visiting the remaining open beaches, Governor DeSantis advises that people follow CDC guidelines and limit gatherings to small groups under 10 people.
These temporary beach bans follow a string of theme park and gym closures, as well as 30-day bans of on-site alcohol sales and closure of dine-in restaurants, permitting only delivery, takeout, and drive-thru options to remain open.