City of Naples closes all public beaches starting Sunday

Posted at 6:50 PM, May 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-10 12:11:03-04

NAPLES, Fla. — Starting Sunday, all public beaches in Naples will be closed because of non-compliance with orders limiting large groups of ten or less, and lack of social distancing.

All beach accesses, beach restroom facilities, parking areas, the Pier, Lowdermilk Park, and walkways will be closed at 12:01AM on Sunday, May 10, 2020.

Here's a statement from the city explaining why:

"In an effort to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and alignment with CDC guidance and Governor DeSantis’s Executive Order 20-112, the City of Naples will be closing all public beaches within city limits effective 12:01am on Sunday, May 10, 2020 until further notice . "

After posting this story, we heard from viewers asking for more information about this decision.

FOX 4 reached out to the city.

Their response is below.

"The decision was made because of non-compliance with orders, practicing social distancing, and limiting large groups of 10 or less."

The Naples City Council will hold an emergency meeting at 1:00PM on Monday, May 11, 2020 regarding beach access, boat launches, and the emergency beach closure order.