Florida commission votes unanimously to reopen Pensacola Beach

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Escambia County commissioners voted to reopen Pensacola Beach and all Escambia beaches in a meeting.

The vote passed unanimously, 5-0.

Beaches will open 30 minutes before sunrise starting Friday, May 1.

They will close 30 minutes after sunset.

Areas under piers and pavilions will remain closed.

People must maintain groups of 10 or less and maintain social distancing of 6 feet apart.

The county says it will write a letter requesting Gulf Islands National Seashore to also reopen.

A group of protesters rallied outside the Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building Tuesday morning in support of reopening the county’s beaches.

Last week, the three other Northwest Florida counties all took steps towards reopening their beaches.

Santa Rosa County voted to reopen its beaches beginning Friday, May 1 with limited hours from 2:30-7:30 p.m.

Okaloosa County also voted to open its beaches beginning Friday on a limited basis. All county beaches will be open from 6:30-9 a.m. and 4:30-7 p.m.

And Walton County commissioners voted to draft an ordinance that would reopen all county beaches Friday. The ordinance will be drafted for approval today.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I think Pensacola beach should be opened the same hours as Santa rosa beaches are. I don’t think as many people would go for just 3 hour blocks. And keep it like that for a month to see how it goes. Opening it from sunrise to sunset is just asking for trouble. And we’ll be right back where we started! Closing everything again.

  2. It only makes sense not to put a time constraint on beach hours. It will cause everyone to flock to the beach at those hours. Leaving the beach open all day will allow for people to come and go during the day, instead of trying to cram in time at the beach causing crowds. Poor thinking in only opening Navarre beach in the time block. There was only one way in to the area causing traffic problems on the bridge and insanity trying to find parking. I am so great-full that Pensacola has opened the beaches allowing for better social distancing.

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