BREVARD COVID-19 UPDATE: BCSO’s Tod Goodyear Provides a Report on Space Coast Beach Access
By Space Coast Daily // March 19, 2020
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Brevard beachside parks, municipal beachside parks and public parking access has been closed
By Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – On Wednesday, our Governor, the Honorable Ron DeSantis, contacted me to ask our agency to partner with him in the development of a strategy that would ensure those attempting to access our beautiful Florida beaches are following the directives of our Governor and the recommendations of the CDC that are designed to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the State of Florida.
In an effort to create and enforce protocols to better protect the citizens and visitors of Florida, our Brevard County Policy Group in coordination with all of Brevard’s beachside communities developed, approved, and implemented an Amendment to the State of Florida Local Emergency Proclamation that restricts parking and closes County and City parks in the Brevard County beach areas.
The amendment is designed to specifically protect the residents and visitors of Brevard County from the ongoing public health threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The emergency proclamation includes all County beachside parks, Municipal beachside parks, Patrick Air Force Base beachside parks and beachside public parking access of the County, Municipalities and Patrick Air Force Base.
As such, all identified areas will be closed beginning on March 19 at 12:01 a.m.
In addition, the County, Municipalities and Patrick Air Force Base as well as all other entities associated (whether direct or by contract) will work to close all impacted parks and parking areas no later than Friday, March 20 by 8 a.m.
Once implemented, this strategy developed in partnership with our Governor will be utilized across the state of Florida to provide all communities with the ability to better protect their citizens and visitors.
While this is a beautiful time of year and our beaches are a part of our everyday lives, Florida currently faces a very unique challenge due to our beautiful beaches and as such must apply a number of first responder resources around the county to provide education and awareness to visitors or residents who are not following emergency proclamations and warnings.
Let there be no doubt that myself and our community leaders are doing everything possible to avoid closing our beaches, and this proclamation and strategy allows our beaches to remain open while also aggressively discouraging visitors from accessing public beaches in the State of Florida and failing to follow the CDC guidelines of limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and distancing parties by six feet.
Please know that I am extremely proud of how our Brevard County residents and citizens are partnering with us to keep everyone safe as they always do, however, these measures are designed to truly encourage compliance and avoid further spreading of this highly contagious virus.
I applaud our Governor and our community leaders for taking these aggressive steps to better protect our citizens and communities and as always greatly appreciate the partnership we share with our community and local law enforcement partners!
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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