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To: Residents & Local Media
From: Larry Newsom, City Manager
Subject: Additional Re-Openings in Flagler Beach
Date: May 14, 2020
Currently the six (6) miles of scenic Beaches in our City are open twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week and will remain open as long as social distancing compliance continues. In conjunction with Governor DeSantis “Phase” program to re-open our State, we’ve monitored our Beaches, traffic and parking over the past week. Based on the recent levels of compliance, coupled with guidance from our local Department of Health, effective tomorrow, May 15, 2020, at 7:00 a.m., the following re-openings in downtown Flagler Beach will occur;
Our Beaches will continue to be monitored by Law Enforcement and supplemented by City Staff to ensure that proper social distancing guidelines are being adhered to for public safety. As Lifeguards may not be on duty, all swimming is done at your own risk.
Flagler Beach City Manager Larry Newsom stated, “During this pandemic we closely monitor activity in our City and as this is a health crisis, we rely heavily on the assistance of our local Health Department to assist us in making decisions that are in the best of public safety”.
Handicapped Parking: Handicapped parking and Beach access will remain available just north of the Pier, at South 2nd Street and SRA1A.
Additional Free Parking: 🅿️ Free Parking 🅿️ - The City has FREE parking lots that are no further than one (1) block from the Beach, and they’re rarely used. Here are the locations for the FREE parking lots:
🅿️ 311 North Central Avenue
🅿️ 109 North 5th Street
🅿️ 504 South Oceanshore Boulevard (at South 6th & A1A)
🅿️ 118 South 8th Street
Beach Access Points: Access to the Beach can be accomplished by utilizing only Dune Walkovers throughout the City, to include those on the Boardwalk. The adherence to utilizing only open Dune Walkovers is greatly appreciated, as our Sea Dunes are extremely fragile.
Fishing on the Beach and the walking of pets will continue to be permitted only north of 10th Street North and south of 10th Street South.
“We recognize the importance of opening up Flagler Beach and the downtown area in the midst of a pandemic. We support the decision for making parking, the boardwalk and walk overs to the beach more accessible and in a way that emphasizes social distancing and other public health best practices” said Bob Snyder, Director, and Health Officer of Florida Department of Health in Flagler County.
Beach visitors must continue to adhere to the Center for Disease Controls (CDC) social distancing guidelines, including the social distancing of themselves from other parties by a minimum of six (6) feet.
Flagler Beach Police Chief Matt Doughney stated “The re-opening of the Boardwalk to pedestrian traffic as well as additional parking in the core of the City is important as we move forward toward re-opening our City. We’ve watched other Cities in our State and nationally that re-opened facilities too soon, and then were forced to close them. We believe this re-opening plan is a road map for success. Thanks to Bob Snyder for his guidance, patience and dedication to public safety in the phasing in of re-openings in Flagler Beach”.
We sincerely appreciate our partners in Flagler County partners that support us in our continuing efforts to re-open our City and hope that our community complies with the social distancing restrictions that have been put in place.