Update on Beach Reopening

Posted by Alyssa Walker on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 at 12:19pm.

Below is a summary for beach re-openings in our market as of today, April 24, 2020.

WALTON COUNTY
 
The county commission will meet on April 28 to vote on opening the beaches with the following parameters:
 
Open all beaches effective May 1
 
No time limitations
 
All non-commercial beach activities permitted 
 
No commercial activities (beach vendors) permitted
 
Maintain social distancing per current CDC guidelines
OKALOOSA COUNTY (excluding Destin)

All beaches open May 1, 2020 to the public with limited hours
6:30am - 9:00am and 4:30pm - 7:00pm

All non-commercial beach activities permitted
(sunbathing; fishing; paddleboarding; canoeing; walking; etc.)

Commercial beach activities are not permitted
(beach vendors, including beach chair companies and umbrellas; weddings; etc.)

Destin City Council is meeting April 29, 2020 to discuss re-opening the beaches
BAY COUNTY
 
All beaches are now open to the public with limited hours
6:00am - 9:00am and 5:00pm - 8:00pm
 
Open for recreational activities
Future decisions regarding beach reopening and expanding the time frame that the beaches are open will largely depend on the short-term rental ban. The short-term rental ban was extended until April 30th. Unless extended further by Executive Order from the Office of the Governor, that ban will expire at the end of the month.

I will try to keep you updated as we see further developments concerning the reopening of our beaches and non-essential businesses, as well as the short-term rental ban. In the interim, I hope that each of you are taking care of yourselves and staying well. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
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