County by County Beach Access Update (COVID-19) MAY 5th

All counties are suggesting visitors to follow the restrictions set by Governor Ron Desantis. This means that people cannot gather in groups more than 10 and should stay at least six feet apart from others. 

Bay Bounty: Beaches Open With Restrictions

The Panama City Beach Chamber announced that on May 1st Sandy Beaches is offically opened all day. All public gatherings at City facilities and property with more than 10 people are prohibited until May 15th.

Escambia County: Beaches Opening

On May 1st Pensacola Beach reopened. Public restrooms and an area under the pier will remain closed. County commissioners previously voted to close Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key Beach, according to the Pensacola News Journal

Gulf County: Beaches Open With Restrictions

On April 21st, county commissioners voted to open beaches from 6 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., WMBB reports.

Okaloosa County: Beaches Open With Restrictions

County commissioners voted to open public beaches again for recreational use starting May 1st reports the Pensacola News Journal. The Okaloosa County Health Department said the beaches will have limited hours from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Santa Rosa County: Beaches Open With Restrictions

The Santa Rosa County Department of Emergency Management announced

On May 1st, the Navarre Beach and pier is open from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. Visitors can use the beach for active and essential uses. Setting up a chair or blanket is permitted on the beach. Sound Side beaches of the island are open for walking and swimming. Parking will be available at all public lots and spaces. Normal Pier admission procedures will be in place and daily and annual passes may be purchased. Visitors may also walk and bike the multi-use path of the island of Navarre Beach. While the checkpoint will be down, law enforcement will maintain a presence on the island to ensure social distancing guidelines are followed.

Walton County: Beaches Open With Restrictions

On May 1st all public beaches in the county reopened to Northwest Florida Daily News.

Dixie County: Beaches Open

No announcements have been made on park or beach closures at Visit Dixie County or the county government website.

Franklin County: Beaches Opening With Restrictions

On May 4th, county officials announced beaches will reopen but for limited hours according to the Tallahassee Democrat. The hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the public will be able to access beaches. Beachgoers will not be limited as to what they can do on the beaches. Activities such as fishing, swimming, exercise, and sunbathing will be permitted.

Taylor County: Beaches Open

Ralph Thomas county commissioner announced on a Facebook post that Shell Point Beach and Mashes Sands Beach are open for all uses.

Citrus County: Beaches open

On May 1st, county commissioners voted to reopen all beaches and parks, including Fort Island Gulf and Hernando Beaches, reports the Citrus Chronicle.

Hillsborough County: Beaches Closed

The city of Tampa has closed the beaches. These beaches include Ben T. Davis Beach, Cypress Point Park, Davis Islands Seaplane Basin and Picnic Island Park. Picnic Island Park boat ramp will remain open. As of March 28th, all beaches and parks in unincorporated Hillsborough County are closed, according to my WUSF. 

Pasco County: Beaches Open

On May 4th, all Pinellas beaches opened according to Bay News 9.

Pinellas County: Beaches Open

Pinellas County commissioners voted to open beaches with some restrictions, starting May 4th.

Charlotte County: Beaches Open With Restrictions

County beaches were closed down since March 22nd, with deputies threatening $500 fines to those breaking the rules, according to NBC - 2. On April 27th, Charlotte County commissioners authorized county administration to open beaches, according to county commissioner Bill Truex. 

Collier County: Beaches open

As of April 30th, County Commissioners voted to reopen its beaches, while the board considered time restrictions, commissioners ultimately decided to fully open including it's restrooms and showers, according to the Naples Daily News. This includes Naples and Marco Island beaches in city jurisdiction, though the Naples Pier will remain closed, according to Wink News. 

Lee County: Beaches open

Lee County commissioners voted to reopen beaches April 29th. That includes parking lots and with regular hours. Social distancing will be enforced. On May 2nd, the town of Fort Myers Beach voted to reopen its beaches to the public, Wink News reports. Parking will remain closed as only essential activities such as running and walking will be permitted. 

Manatee County: Beaches Open With Restrictions

On May 4th, the county commission voted unanimously to open beaches at 10 a.m. to  9 p.m. daily. Parking will be restricted to no longer than 2 hours with only a partial number of spaces available. Cities such as Anna Maria and Holmes Beach will expect further restrictions, reports the Sarasota Herald.

Sarasota County: Beaches Open

On May 4th, Sarasota County willfully opened beaches, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Parking will be open but concessions, playgrounds, amenities, and picnic shelters will remain closed. Social distancing and restrictions on groups of 10 or more will still be enforced. Cities are still able to close beaches within their borders. The City of Sarasota announced that Lido Key will remain closed until covid-19 cases decline in the north end of the county.