Mayor: Miami-Dade County beaches will not reopen Monday due to unrest associated with protests

Article and Video Courtesy of Channel 7 Miami

By Johari Canty and Donovan Campbell

Published June 2, 2020



MIAMI BEACH - Beaches in Miami-Dade County will not reopen on June 1, the mayor announced.

Due to the ongoing tensions associated with protests across South Florida, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez decided to postpone reopening beaches in Miami-Dade County.

“Following the unrest associated with protests in our community, I have decided to postpone the reopening of beaches in Miami-Dade County, originally scheduled for Monday, June 1st,” Gimenez said in a statement.

Gimenez said the beaches will remain closed until the curfew order is lifted.

Signs posted inviting residents back to the beach, as well as gates blocking the entrances of beaches were supposed to be removed on Monday.

“We’re so sad about what happened to George, and it’s a tragic thing, but we all got to take things into stride and get this back rolling, because it’s our livelihood,” said Michael Baragan who wants the beaches reopened. “It’s all of us.”

“Being closed another week is a disappointment, but at the same time, we have to realize that we need more discipline,” said George Rivera. “In all aspects of life, we need more discipline.”

Many residents who are eager to soak up the sunshine claim they have no problem waiting a bit longer.

“We are all in this together since the very start,” said Denise Attir. “I guess that we have to understand their point of view, they are trying to be as protective as they can, so now, we are in their hands, so we have to be a little more patient to get in the beach again.”

Apartment pools, condominium pools, and other private community pools managed by homeowners associations may still open as planned.

Pools located at Goulds Park, A.D. Barnes Park and Oak Grove Park will reopen.

Gimenez also added that the curfew will be extended to cover the hours of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., effective today. Cities may enforce stricter curfews.