Naples enforcing new weekend beach restrictions

Naples Beaches closed from 11am-5pm on weekends
Posted at 12:18 AM, May 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-17 00:18:18-04

NAPLES, Fla. — Collier County beaches looking a lot different than last weekend, as people from all over the state, swarmed to the shores, causing a temporary closure.

Naples city council is now enforcing much tighter restrictions.

Steve Mitchell has lived in Collier County for nearly 15 years, and describes last weekends massive crowds.

“Like 4th of July, more people here than you see around the holidays, ” said Mitchell.

He says most people rushed to Southwest Florida from neighboring counties.

“It is hard when some of the beaches open in Florida and others don’t, because then everyone rushes to the ones that are open, ’ said Steve Mitchell.

Just days after reopening Naples beaches, crowds continued to grow out of control.

Naples city council decided to close beaches last Sunday, and reopened Wednesday with new restrictions.

Naples city council member Gary Price says he was pleased with today's turnout.

“It looked like people we’re doing great, I haven’t got any bad reports, everyone seemed to be happy, ” said Council member Gary Price.

He says the real test will be Memorial day weekend.

“The restrictions seem a little tight, but I know its for the safety of the people, ” said Jamie Saules

Price says the city is will continue to monitor beach regulations throughout the coming weeks.

“When everything opens, it will make it a lot easier for us to manage the beaches here,” said Council member Gary Price.

The Naples city council plans to discuss fully reopening beaches on June 3rd.