Naples City Beaches Will Reopen Wednesday with Restrictions

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Naples City Council approved the reopening of the city’s 8 miles of beaches on Wednesday with complex restrictions. After the beaches were initially reopened on April 29, the city closed them Sunday after beachgoers inundated Naples’ shore on Saturday. While the city beaches will be open from 7 a.m. to dusk weekdays, hours will be bifurcated from 7 to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to dusk Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day. They will be closed during afternoons on weekends to discourage visits by beachgoers from Miami-Dade and Broward counties, which are not permitted to open beaches yet because of the coronavirus pandemic. Beach parking will be restricted to vehicles with city and county beach stickers, parking fines will be doubled to $200 and illegally parked cars can be towed. Council’s fourth motion passed 4-3 after the first three motions failed 4-3 during Monday afternoon’s more than six-hour virtual emergency meeting. Council will revisit the issue on June 3. 

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