BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – County beaches will remain open this weekend after a Policy Group activated for the COVID-19 pandemic voted Friday afternoon to rescind planned closings during the peak hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, March 29.
The vote, however, has no bearing on whether municipal beaches up and down the 72-mile shoreline stay open or closed.
Beachside parks and beachside parking access throughout the county will remain closed.
Some beachside cities, including Satellite Beach and Cocoa Beach, have already ordered closures. Other municipalities were expected to follow suit.
The Policy Group members, which include Brevard County Commission Chair Bryan Lober; County Manager Frank Abbate; County Attorney Eden Bentley; Brevard County Fire Rescue Chief Mark Schollmeyer; Public Safety Director Matt Wallace; and Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey voted to rescind the closings.
Group members Maria Stahl, Brevard Health Department Administrator for the Florida Department of Health, and Brevard County Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser voted against rescission.
Member and Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Mark Mullins was absent.
The group recommends that all beachgoers follow CDC recommendations to practice social distancing of at least 6 feet and to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
The reversal comes after the Brevard County Commission voted 4-1 to ask Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey to not enforce the beach closures.