Authorities say they closed their beaches in a town in southwest Florida on Sunday, just a week after they reopened because visitors failed to follow the social distancing measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
There was a crowd of beachgoers on the beaches of Naples in Collier County on Saturday. This was a potential problem, which Councilman Gary Price said brought to his notice.
In Naples Daily News Price told that after received text from his friend, he went on beaches to check out, there was full of vast people laying on sands. The councilman took photos and shared them with the paper.
Price said, “I went to the beach and it was fully packed, people were parking everywhere, blocks away”.
The city said its decision to close beaches is in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Gov. Ron DeSantis state of the emergency executive order.
But the residents of Naples have called the closure unfair and accused tourists of packing on the beach in a complaint posted on the paper’s Facebook page.
“It’s not fair that Collier County residents can’t enjoy their beaches. wrote Lauren Cibelli, “I was on the beach during the week and everyone practiced social distance”. It is not true that residents suffer.
“We can’t punish everyone because of the people living outside the city”. Jeremy Tipton said
“I was on the beach every day in Naples. The area I want is just local and very empty,” he said, “This is far the opposite of what is reported in the news.”
Price acknowledged the inconvenience to residents but said it was done to protect citizens. He said the City Council will hold an emergency meeting Monday to discuss the issue.
“It’s pretty sad,” he said. “It’s such a popular place. We’ll figure it out. We are doing this to keep people safe. We are erring on the side of caution.”
one week ago, authorities in Miami Beach closed a public park just five days after it reopened because park rangers had issued thousands of warnings to the mind without wearing a face mask in a few days.
While most of the state’s beaches were reopened last week, but Miami Beach remained closed.
Meanwhile, barbershops, hair salons, and nail salons reopened Monday with restrictions in all counties currently in Phase 1 of the state’s “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step” plan. The only counties not able to open were Broward and Miami-Dade. Those two were expected to begin reopening May 18.