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The Miami Herald
By Joey Flechas
Published June 1, 2020
Miami’s municipal government plans to allow pools in
condos and apartment buildings within city limits to reopen Monday, with
public pools and Virginia Key following one week later.
Pools have been closed under emergency orders issued
in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez had
previously stated that the city would be following Miami-Dade County’s
plan to reopen pools Monday. City Manager Art Noriega is expected to
sign an emergency order this weekend that would make the policy
official. Under the anticipated order, the city’s public beach on
Virginia Key and pools in city parks would reopen June 8.
Some confusion arose this week after Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos
Gimenez signed an emergency order allowing private pools to reopen
across the county. Cities are permitted to implement stricter
regulations than the county or state. The city of Miami has typically
taken longer than the county to reopen businesses and public facilities
and spaces, taking a more conservative approach.
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Heading into the weekend, condo associations in and around Miami’s
downtown were awaiting word from the city on whether Monday was the day.
A staffer for Commissioner Ken Russell, who represents downtown, told at
least one condo association that administrators an order issued
Wednesday was supposed to have language regarding pools, but it was
mistakenly left out.