Beachgoers blamed for beaches being closed in Martin County

MARCH 22, 2020 | 6:08 P.M. | MARTIN COUNTY–The County announced that all county beaches will be closed at sunset today.

“Martin County, in partnership with our local law enforcement agencies, made every effort to keep beaches open for residents and visitors to enjoy, requesting that beachgoers continue exercising good hygiene practices as recommended by the CDC and Florida Department of Health, park in designated parking areas and adhere to social distancing guidelines, ”  County officials stated.

They added, “however, on Sunday, March 22, county beaches were crowded, creating health hazards, and vehicles were parked outside of designated spaces, creating hazardous conditions for pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Due to the public’s refusal to adhere to social distancing guidelines, the county has made the decision to close public access to county-owned beaches for everyone’s safety. ”

The announcement comes on the heels of St. Lucie County closing their beaches beginning tomorrow morning.

Property owners who have private access to the beach are exempt from the notices.

With these orders, all the beaches from Indian River County to Key West are now closed to the public. Monroe County announced that the Keys are closed to visitors until further notice.

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