Gulf County beaches to reopen for limited hours

Gulf County

GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – Gulf County commissioners voted to reopen their beaches at a Tuesday morning meeting.

Effective Tuesday, beaches will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

“We know everybody is stressed out right now with what we are dealing with so we thought it would be a good fit to allow them to enjoy the beaches for a few hours a day,” Gulf County Commission Chairman Sandy Quinn said.

These are the only times they will be open to visitors and commissioners said there are no restrictions in place for beach activities as long as everybody follows the CDC guidelines.

Some people decided to enjoy the beach on Tuesday night. One Gulf County resident, Deborah Guarin, said she didn’t just miss the sand, but her dogs did too.

“I mean why wouldn’t you, look at it. I mean this is what life is about,” Guarin said. “We are just enjoying the sunshine and trying to catch some fish.”

Commissioners are still monitoring the situation day by day, but hope that things get better so they can open up the sand a bit more.

“If our numbers stay where they are, we can probably add an hour or two so that people can get out and enjoy,” Quinn said.

The county will reassess the beach restrictions at their meeting next Tuesday.

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