Lee County reopens beaches, parks
Lee County will open its beaches and other parks on Wednesday.
Because of “continued voluntary compliance and the community’s greater awareness for Centers for Disease Control guidelines,” the county reopening of its parks and preserves will include all beaches and beach access points, parking lots and free-standing bathrooms with regular hours to resume Wednesday. Some park amenities, such as playgrounds, pavilions and rec centers will remain closed.
“Staff will be onsite to help encourage following the CDC guidelines, including social distancing,” officials said.
The move was approved at an emergency Board of County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, “is part of the county’s phased-in approach for residents while still observing the Governor’s Executive Order.”
Commissioners offered guidelines and stressed residents should remain vigilant to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The county beach sites include:
Bonita Beach Park
Bowditch Point Park
Bowman’s Beach Park
Crescent Beach Family Park
Little Hickory Island Beach Park
Lynn Hall Memorial Beach Park
San Carlos/Bunche Beach Preserve
Turner Beach Park
- Beach Accesses
Alison Hagerup Beach Park
Andy Rosse Lane Park
Boca Grande Beach Accesses
Bonita Beach Accesses
Dog Beach Park
?Estero Islands Beach Accesses
The following amenities at all Lee County locations will remain closed:
Soccer, lacrosse and football fields
Splash pads and pools
Baseball and softball fields will re-open with caveats, including no league play and no access to dugouts or bleachers. These fields will be for groups of 10 or less who want to practice baseball or softball but they will need to contact the Parks & Recreation supervisor listed on each landing page at www.leeparks.org for the individual site that has the field. Or people can call the Parks main phone number at 239-533-7275 for assistance.
Additional plans are in place for the reopening, including:
Staff will make hash marks on the walkways at high-use tennis and pickle ball courts and other areas to help guide the public of social distancing if there is a waiting line.
All dog parks will re-open with caveats. There will not be any seating areas provided. Patrons need to bring their own chairs; pre-established socially distanced spacing will be identified. Patrons must take chairs home when they leave.
All parking fees will go back into effect under this re-opening to help with congestion and turn over that occurs at high-use park sites with parking fees. Staff are assigned to clean parking pay machines.
Normal operating hours at all parks, preserves and beach-access sites will be observed.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will assist with monitoring and educating the public at county beaches.
Announcements about future openings will be forthcoming; check www.leegov.com/covid-19 or Facebook Lee County Government.
“County leaders continue to monitor data and work with partners Lee Health and the Florida Department of Health as it relates to the county’s phased-in approach to re-opening more sites and resuming in-person services,” the release from the county states.
Recommended guidelines for the beaches and parks include:
All individuals, when in public, should maximize physical distance from others, maintain a minimum of 6 feet
Social settings of 10 people or more should be avoided, where appropriate distancing may not be practical
Vulnerable individuals should continue to stay home
Practice proper handwashing techniques, especially after touching frequently used surfaces
Avoid touching your face
Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
Stay calm, stay kind, and stay safe.