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Marco Island retracts decision to reopen beaches

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Posted at 12:35 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 12:35:13-04

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. — The City of Marco Island has retracted its original decision to reopen beaches on the Island.

The City’s rule proposed opening the beaches from sun up to sundown but only to pedestrians. The parking lots will remain closed to limit visitors.

The City voted 4-3 for a limited reopening of one pedestrian access and one egress point to the Marco Island beach on Monday.

“What has become apparent subsequently and immediately is an extremely high level of concern among Marco Island’s residents that any action with even the potential to increase visitor traffic is an action that puts them further at risk. It is clear that the social cost and community-wide anxiety triggered by the opening of even a single pedestrian beach access point is not worth the few walks on the beach it would provide for our residents.” City of Marco Island.

There was a high level of concern from residents regarding the decision, and today City Council has decided not to reopen the beaches until April 30th.