Posted on: March 21, 2020

City Beaches, Recreation, and Public Health:

After consultation with City Commissioners, and in the interest of public health to Fernandina


The City of Fernandina Beach will prohibit public access to the beaches within its

corporate limits, effective 5:00 PM., Saturday, March 21, 2020. This prohibition

will remain in effect until further notice. Violators will be subject to penalties

under applicable local ordinances and state statutes.

Additionally, the outdoor recreational facilities at Central Park (tennis, pickleball, and petanque

courts- as well as the waterfront petanque courts) will be closed to public use until further

notice. Access to the docks at the Marina will be restricted to boat owners/occupants until

further notice. The City Golf Course will be closed until further notice. City restroom facilities

will be closed until further notice.

As evidence by several recent Executive Orders by the Governor, the threat of Novel Coronavirus

2019 (Covid-19) continues to grow, with the ultimate severity of the pandemic yet to be assessed.

It is critical that personal and community precautionary measures continue to expand beyond

the original scope of recommendations.

City officials deeply contemplated this decision before recommending this course of action: it is

being made in the best interest of the long-term public health of the citizens of Fernandina

Beach health.

I hope that this emergency passes soon with minimal further impact on this community: Covid-

19 has greatly disrupted an exceptional quality of life that residents and visitors have long

appreciated. With prevention, patience, and compassion, that quality of life will be restored.

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