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Destin City Council votes to open beaches beginning Friday

The Destin City Council voted unanimously to open Destin beaches from dawn to dusk beginning Fri., May 1 during a special meeting Thursday.

This includes public and private beaches, beach accessways, trails, parking areas solely for accessing public and private beaches, and city beachfront parks.

This currently excludes county-operated James Lee Park and Henderson Beach State Park.

All traditional beach activities are allowed on Destin’s beaches. All Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines are still in effect. Everyone going to the beach must follow social distancing guidelines of staying in groups of 10 or less and groups must be at least six feet apart from other groups.

“We will continue to monitor all CDC and DOH guidelines, along with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ guidance and orders,” Destin Mayor Gary Jarvis said.