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What Florida beaches are open? A county-by-county list

Are your hometown beaches back open? Or, are they still closed?

TAMPA, Fla. — Have you been to the beach lately? Florida counties are beginning to reopen their shorelines amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Critics worry reopening beaches too soon will worsen the coronavirus outbreak, while supporters argue people can visit the beaches while still abiding by appropriate social distancing guidelines – which remain in effect. Generally speaking, counties that have been reopening their beaches are doing so for limited hours in the mornings and evenings. And, they’re largely banning lounging in chairs or on towels with coolers.

So, has your county reopened its beaches? 10News has compiled a list. It will be updated at the end of each day.

Bay: Open

Brevard: Open

Broward: Closed

Charlotte: Open with restrictions

Citrus: Open

Collier: Open

Dixie: Open

Duval: Open

Escambia: Open

Flagler: Open

Franklin: Open 6-9 a.m. and 5-8 p.m. daily

Gulf: Open

Hernando: Open

Hillsborough: Several are open, including Ben T. Davis Beach, Picnic Island Park, Davis Islands Seaplane Basin Park and Cypress Point Park

Indian River: Open

Lee: Open

Levy: Open with restrictions

Manatee: Open with restrictions

Martin: Open with social distancing restrictions

Miami-Dade: Closed

Monroe: Open, but the Florida Keys are off-limits to anyone who doesn’t live there

Nassau: Open

Okaloosa: Beaches reopened for recreation on May 1; they’ll be open from 6:30-9 a.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. daily

Palm Beach: Will reopen on May 18

Pasco: Most are open with rules limiting access to just physical activity

Pinellas: Open with restrictions 

St. Johns: Open

St. Lucie: Open

Santa Rosa: Open

Sarasota: Open

Taylor: Closed

Volusia: Open

Wakulla: Open

Walton: Open for exercise: There are no beach blankets allowed, but you can bring chairs or umbrellas

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