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Sarasota beaches opening Monday for limited use, parking lots to stay closed

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Posted at 11:12 AM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 18:31:06-04

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Beaches in Sarasota will reopen on Monday for limited use after being closed for more than a month.

Commissioners on Wednesday voted to allow residents limited access to beaches. County leaders voted to close the beaches on March 21 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"I think it’s time to open up our lives and be held personally accountable to this,” said Mike Moran, Board Chairman.

RELATED: Pinellas County leaders decide to keep beaches, pools closed

Those activities include walking, running, swimming, surfing and fishing. But parking lots will remain closed to stop big crowds from flocking to beaches.

Restrictions include:

  • No congregating and visitors must practice social distancing.
  • No lounging, coolers or alcohol, umbrellas/towels/chairs, etc.
  • No access to parking lots, concession stands or playground.

“I think the beaches are a no brainer and that’s why I’m supporting this, responsibility falls on the residents,” said Ziegler.

Lido Beach, which is located in the Sarasota area, will remain closed.

Pinellas County leaders voted Tuesday to keep all local beaches and pools closed amid the pandemic.

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