Lovers Key State Park, all state beach parks closed
The last beach sanctuary in Fort Myers Beach was closed when the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced this weekend that Lovers Key State Park and all state beach parks would be shut down.
On Friday, the park was still operating one day after the Town of Fort Myers Beach and Lee County had closed down their beaches.
According to the Lovers Key State Park website, the park was closed by the DEP at the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis after guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.
In a statement posted on the Lovers Key State Park website, the closure was also influenced by the continuation of large crowds gathering on the beach.
“While these beach parks will be closed, we have many other state parks currently open for day-use recreation, including hiking and biking. It is extremely important to continue practicing social distancing while enjoying the beautiful nature outside,” the Lovers Key State Park website states.
Other state parks will remain open, just not ones with beach parks. However, all events, activities, special event registrations, pavilion rentals, and cabin/camping reservations at state parks have been canceled for the next 60 days.
Hiking and biking will be allowed at the other state parks.