Cocoa Beach Parks And Public Beach Parking To Close Thursday

Thousands of visitors continue to visit Cocoa Beach beaches on Sunday, March 15, 2020, because few other activities are available after the cruise lines shut down in neighboring Port Canaveral, Florida and the theme parks closed in nearby Orlando, Florida.

COCOA BEACH, Florida – Beachside parks and beachside public parking access areas along the 72-mile Brevard County shoreline will be closed beginning on Thursday in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Closings begin on Thursday, with plans that all County and municipal beachside parks and public access areas being off-limits to the public by Friday morning.

Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach, Florida
Lori Wilson Park, Brevard County park located in Cocoa Beach, Florida, is set to close Friday.

Patrick Air Force Base beach and parking access will also be closed. Spring breakers and other beachgoers are being asked to avoid beach areas as a public safety measure in response to the spread of coronavirus and in compliance with mass gathering recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Public Showers Shepard Park Cocoa Beach, Florida
The City of Cocoa Beach operates several parks with beach parking, including Shepard Park pictured above. The City parks and parking will close Thursday.

Beachside parks and beachside public parking access areas will remain closed until further notice.

The CDC has advised people to avoid mass gatherings of more than 10 people and recommends social distancing of 6 feet.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday issued an executive order stating that beachgoers must adhere to CDC guidelines.

Due to excessive crowds and large spring break gatherings, beach closings were implemented earlier this week in Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale.