Some beaches in Florida the Sunshine State remain open,
But practicing social distancing and hanging out in groups fewer than five are critical to stopping the spread of coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There were more than 30,000 cases of COVID-19 in Florida and over 1,000 deaths, the Florida Department of Health reports.
Jacksonville officially reopened its beaches , and not long after throngs of beachgoers dotted the sand.
FloridaMorons started trending, and the Sunshine State got a beating on social media.
The following Florida beaches are open during the COVID-19 pandemic, although some have restrictions. And attendance at the beach is a far cry from what it’d normally be this time of year.
Jetty Park at Port Canaveral
According to a notice on its website, Port Canaveral officials “have suspended the use of our indoor and outdoor venues at Port Canaveral for events and gatherings scheduled to take place in any of our facilities through June 1, 2020.” Jetty Park, a popular spot for fishing, biking or watching a rocket launch, is closed until further notice, the site states.
The Brevard beach on Florida’s East Coast that’s minutes from Port Canaveral and home to the Cocoa Beach Pier is open.
Located in Brevard on Florida’s East Coast between Cocoa Beach and Indialantic, Satellite Beach typically draws residents.
Indialantic, Indian Harbor Beach and Melbourne Beach
These small-town beaches south of Sebastian Inlet on Florida’s East Coast are open with limited recreation and restrictions. Beachgoers must be residents, practice social distancing and limit groups to fewer than five.
Northeast Florida beaches in Jacksonville — Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach in Duval County — are open for restricted hours. Beachgoers can visit between 6 and 11 a.m. and 5 and 8 p.m. daily.
The 35 miles of beach in Sarasota County — which includes Siesta Beach, Venice Beach, Turtle Beach in Southwest Florida — will reopen, with restrictions. Lido Beach, however, will remain closed.
Bay County beaches on the Gulf Coast in Northwest Florida — Panama City Beach — offer restricted access and partially reopened . Beachgoers should practice social distancing and refrain from hanging out in groups of more than five people. Hours are between 6 and 9 a.m. and 5 and 8 p.m. daily.
Charlotte County officials announced this week that it would reopen Englewood and Port Charlotte beaches in Punta Gorda without restrictions.
Reports in Orlando Weekly and WTSP.com state beaches in Dixie County in Northwest Florida are open.
Beaches in Flagler County — including Flagler Beach and Beverly Beach, a 6-mile stretch on Florida’s East Coast — reopened for limited recreation.
Mexico Beach, about 25 miles southeast of Panama City in Northwest Florida, reopened with restricted access and intended for residents. Beachgoers can visit between 6 and 9 a.m. and 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. daily. Beaches in Gulf County will open at 5 p.m, with hours from 6 to 9 a.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. daily. Equipment for fishing and active sports is permitted. Parking at beach access points is not prohibited.
Indian River County
Indian River County plans to open its guarded beaches Tuesday, April 28, with social-distancing restrictions. According to a story on TCPalm, that includes these beaches: Goldens Sands, Wabasso Beach, Tracking Station Beach, Round Island Beach, the east end of Beachcomber Lane, Vero Beach and Indian River Shores.
Indian River County expects to open its beaches 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to a draft order obtained by TCPalm. But county officials said Friday beaches would be open normal hours, sunrise to sunset.
Levy County beaches in north-central Florida are open with restrictions. The city of Cedar Key has restricted access to the island to residents and property owners, according to the city of Levy’s disaster site, levydisaster.com.
Beaches in Monroe County are open, but the Florida Keys are off-limits to anyone who doesn’t live there.
A notice on the county’s emergency management site states: “The Keys are closed to visitors. Monroe County does not anticipate opening to visitors during the month of May. All those entering the Keys should carry backup identification or documents proving homeownership or residency.
Okaloosa County beaches in Florida’s Panhandle offer restricted access and reopened .
Beachgoers should practice social distancing and refrain from hanging out in groups of more than five people. Hours are between 6 and 9 a.m. and 5 and 8 p.m. daily.
Beaches within Okaloosa County’s jurisdiction will be open to the public from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with all beach activities permitted.
St. Johns County
St. Johns County beaches are open from 6 a.m. to noon daily.
Volusia County beaches on the East Coast of Florida will open with some restrictions.
The process starts with opening up handicapped access to the beach for residents with disabilities.
A handicapped sticker or placard will be required, and the vehicles will need to stay within 100 yards of these ramps: Third Avenue in New Smyrna Beach, Dunlawton Boulevard in Daytona Beach Shores, and Williams Avenue in Daytona Beach.