Flagler County, Beach Municipalities Work On Limited Beach Use

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Bunnell, FL - Flagler County beaches and beachside parks have been shut down for about four weeks but officials are considering a limited reopening on a trial basis.

During a virtual meeting of key stakeholders on Saturday, the latest public health guidance was reviewed. The exact details are still being worked out but a formal announcement is expected tomorrow.

“We are trying to avoid the missteps of other jurisdictions,” said County Administrator Jerry Cameron. “The goal is safety. We’ve been encouraged by and continue to monitor our park trails experiment – our residents are following extreme social distancing. We don’t want to string too many hours together at the beach, which could encourage day-trippers to travel here from other areas.”

According to officials, the goal of the limited reopening of the beaches is to give Flagler County residents the chance to get fresh air and exercise, not for socializing.

“We must continue to put our community’s health first, and ensure that we protect everyone in a manner that is consistent with the latest guidance from our public health experts,” said Emergency Management Director Jonathan Lord. “We ask the public to keep in mind the impact that their individual actions may have on others, as restrictions are modified over the coming days, weeks, and months.”

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