Should cigarette smoking on Florida beaches be banned?
A Senate committee on Monday unanimously approved a bill that would allow counties and cities to restrict smoking on beaches and public parks they own. Before passing the bill (SB 334), the Environment and Natural Resources Committee approved an amendment by Chairman Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford. that would prevent local governments from banning cigar or pipe smoking on beaches or in parks. AdBill sponsor Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, said the goal is to get cigarettes off beaches and that cigars haven’t been the issue. The House Professions & Public Health Subcommittee is slated Tuesday to consider the House version (HB 239), sponsored by Rep. Thad Altman, R-Indialantic.
New Smyrna Beach mayor wants beaches to be limited to essential activities only
New Smyrna Beach mayor wants beaches to be limited to essential activities onlyPublished: July 17, 2020, 7:40 pmPeople flocked to New Smyrna Beach on Friday, forcing the beach approach on Flagler Avenue to close at 10 a.m. because it already reached maximum capacity.
Planning your holiday weekend? Here are the beaches and firework displays you can enjoy this July Fourth
Flagler County beaches - Flagler Beach, the Palm Coast and Beverly Beach will all be open for the Independence Day weekend. For more details, click here. For more details, click here. Seaworld Orlando Summer Fireworks (July 3 through 5) - Seaworld Orlando plans to pack your holiday weekend full of fireworks. For more info on the festive fireworks, click here.
Sharks spotted close to shore as Miami-Dade beaches reopen
Miami beaches opened to the public Wednesday for the first time in 12 weeks. Unfortunately, sharks also got the memo about the reopening. This aerial video of the waters off Miami beach Wednesday show where sharks swam about 20 to 60 feet offshore. A total of four sharks were spotted, but they appear to be social distancing themselves from beachgoers. No word on if they’re using masks or hand sanitizer.
Video: Florida lawyer dresses as Grim Reaper to protest reopening of beaches
Residents and tourists across Walton County beaches were in for quite a scare Friday afternoon. The grim reaper, or Florida lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder, was out protesting Walton County’s beaches with a film crew along for the ride. He’s the same Florida lawyer who filed a suit against DeSantis in March. Uhlfelder says he actually loves the beaches but thinks they should be empty for the foreseeable future. “I’ve got Mike Huckabee filing a bar complaint against me for speaking out, but there’s a time for this.”Uhlfelder is also currently leading efforts to make all Florida beaches public and do away with privately-owned beaches.
Here’s what it will look like when Volusia County beaches start to open again
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – There’s at least one person who wants full access to the beaches, and it’s Volusia County Chair Ed Kelley. The Volusia County chair hopes Gov. "He understands Volusia County. Kelley said if the county re-opens the beaches, not only will social distancing be enforced, the beaches will open in increments, starting with beach parking. It will also depend on the social distancing at the trails, where restrictions were lessened on Thursday.
Police patrol Florida beaches to enforce new coronavirus rules
SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. – Spring break means massive crowds at Central Florida beaches, but amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus, the state is cracking down on beachgoers. Tuesday evening the Cocoa Beach City Commission granted City Manager Jim McKnight emergency powers. Cocoa Beach Mayor Ben Malik said the city will begin managing crowd control on the beaches during the coronavirus pandemic to comply with the CDC guidelines. “Decisions will be made in the next few days to limit beach access to control the crowd size. “At this time, the Satellite Beach Police Department will be patrolling beaches in Satellite Beach to enforce the party size and distance measures being taken statewide to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Police Chief Jeff M. Pearson said in a statement on Facebook.
No matter what you’re into, you’re bound to love one of these 7 vacation ideas for spring break
Spring break is a great time to cut loose and celebrate the end of winter. There’s a reason why destinations such as Mexico and Fort Lauderdale are so popular for spring break. If you’re going to a popular spring break destination, make your travel arrangements now, as accommodations might sell out. If you're looking to do something really different for your spring break, why not escape spring altogether with a trip to the Southern Hemisphere? From lounging on the beach to skiing to volunteering, these seven spring break ideas offer fun for people of all ages.
8 Florida beaches make TripAdvisor’s 2020 list of Top 25 Beaches in US
ORLANDO, Fla. – It’s always swimsuit season in Florida, thanks in part to the weather and its amazing beaches. In fact, Florida’s beaches are so amazing that eight of them landed spots on TripAdvisor’s list of the Top 25 Beaches in the United States for 2020. 1 is Siesta Key’s Siesta Beach, which was also ranked No. The closest beach to Central Florida to make the list is St. Augustine Beach at No. These are the top 25 beaches in the U.S., according to travelers:
Yes, they sting: Man o’ war washing up on shores in Daytona Beach
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The warmer weather has folks flocking to the beach but beach goers aren't the only ones enjoying the waves. Dozens of Portuguese man o’ war and jellyfish are washing up on shore and it’s left some people like Wanda Rush surprised. Rush’s family is from Wisconsin and they stumbled upon several man o’ war and a jellyfish, which gave Teresa Couey second thoughts about going back into the water. I don’t want to get stung,” Teresa Couey said. For Grace Hahn, she didn’t realize the Portuguese man o’ war were lined up against the sea wall, including one that was just feet from her chair.