Bunnell, FL - Beaches in Flagler County reopen tomorrow (April 22) on a limited basis to allow residents physical and mental health activities. The rules for the beach are the same as what's in place for Flagler County parks and trails. The duration of the temporary reopening is based on public compliance. The County’s beachfront parks and their parking lots will remain closed for the time being.
“Our residents have been very compliant with the trails at our parks, and that makes us very confident that this limited beach opening will be successful,” said County Administrator Jerry Cameron. “The degree to which we can expand the hours is dependent on how the public responds to this initial re-opening.”
The reopening is based on everyone adhering to social distancing guidelines while running, walking, biking, surfing and fishing. Those that are fishing will be allowed to bring a small cooler or container for bait and tackle use.
“It was inevitable that we open up the Flagler beaches to our community but only with a public health focus and reflective of a joint decision by City, County, Health Department and Law Enforcement leaders,” said Florida Department of Health-Flagler Administrator Bob Snyder. “In my opinion, it is ok to change strategies and response to this unprecedented public health crisis, as long as health and safety of our residents are priority.”
The city of Flagler Beach is opening it's six-mile stretch from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. only. The dune walkovers on the Boardwalk remain closed. You can only access the beach from 3rd Street North to the northern City Limits, and, from 9th Street South to the southern City Limits.
Unincorporated areas of the beach – inclusive of Beverly Beach and Marineland – will be open from 7 to 10 a.m., and in the evening from 6 to 8 p.m.