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Florida beaches return to normal hours following July 4 weekend closures

  • July 08, 2020

Several Florida counties have lifted beach restrictions after closing them or limiting access in an effort to ward off potential out-of-town July 4th crowds.

Broward and Palm Beach Counties reopened their beaches Monday, followed by Miami Dade on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for Collier County, the southwest region which encompasses Naples and San Marco Island, said Monday that county beaches are back to regular hours until further notice, and Naples returned to its normal hours effective Tuesday at 7 a.m. Marco Island beach restrictions were also only in effect for the holiday weekend.

Regular beach hours are sunrise to sundown at Collier and Marco Island beaches. Naples beaches are open 24/7 and city beach parking is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Collier commissioners during an emergency meeting early last week voted to close beaches from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, including Friday ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. Naples and Marco Island announced similar measures.

Naples beach is pictured off the Naples Pier at noon on Friday, July 3, 2020. Naples beaches open between the hours of  7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to sunset. Parking  near the beaches is limited to Collier County residents who have beach parking stickers.

Naples reporter Brittany Carloni and Marco Island reporter Omar Rodriguez Ortiz contributed to this report.

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