Lee County closing all county-owned beaches Thursday
Lee County has announced that all county-owned beaches will close. The order takes effect at 6 p.m. Thursday to limit the spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19.
The closure includes the Fort Myers Beach Pier, beach parking lots, restrooms and county-owned beach access points.
The county 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
Matanzas Pass Preserve
San Carlos/Bunche Beach Preserve
Turner Beach Park
- Beach Accesses
Alison Hagerup Beach Park
Andy Rosse Lane paddlecraft launch
Boca Grande Beach Accesses
Bonita Beach Accesses
Dog Beach Park
- Estero Islands Beach Access
- Matanzas Bridge Fishing Pier
County Manager Roger Desjarlais announced the closure using Centers For Disease Control guidance and at a time when many college-age students are on spring break or are in the area while taking online classes.
“While young people may not be as vulnerable to the symptoms of COVID-19 as older adults, they can be asymptomatic and spread the virus to others, including older adults and their own family members,” he said.
The county will coordinate enforcement with the appropriate enforcement agencies.
The county is also suspending LeeTran beach trolley and tram service effective 6 p.m. Thursday.
“The (county) beaches are closed,” said Lee County spokesperson Betsy Clayton.
For more information, visit www.leegov.com/covid-19 or for the locations of county-owned beaches, visit www.leegov.com/parks/beaches.