茄枝视频Local officials in Florida towns and cities are taking it upon themselves to close beaches amid the coronavirus outbreak after Gov. Ron DeSantis refused to, even as spring breakers and others crowd the shores.
DeSantis said it's "not uniform throughout the state that you're seeing massive crowds at beaches," despite reports and images of people packing the sand.
Still, the mayors of Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale, two of the most popular beach destinations in the state, issued orders to close their beaches last Sunday.
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茄枝视频Naples that it would close its beaches until March 30.
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All public beaches in Miami-Dade County will close as of Thursday night, . Parks, nonessential retail, private educational facilities, casinos and other recreational and entertainment activities are also ordered closed or restricted as of Thursday night, he said.
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On Wednesday, Clearwater starting Monday.
City of City Council votes to close public beaches on for two weeks starting March 23 at 6 a.m. This only pertains to the sand, not restaurants or businesses.
— City of Clearwater, FL (@MyClearwater)
茄枝视频Clearwater Beach was relatively busy Wednesday with residents and visitors who said they chose not to cancel planned vacations over coronavirus fears.
"I feel like we're not going to stop our life because of that, but we'll definitely keep precautions," said Anamaria Nowak, 20, who was there with a friend. "We didn't come with a group of friends. We're going to stay by ourselves and not share our things."
College students and younger people in general have been criticized for not taking the virus seriously and for seeming to disregard that they could carry it to higher-risk people, like the elderly.
Clearwater's decision to close its beaches comes as neighboring beaches could stay open.
Pinellas County, where Clearwater is located, on Wednesday said that "after much consideration and deliberation," they were splitting from the pack and . But on Thursday, to close all beaches starting on Friday, until at least April 6.
Nearly 330 people in Florida have tested positive for COVID-19, the state Health Department reported Wednesday night. Eight Florida residents have died.
Elisha Fieldstadt is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.