Delray Beach: Because of rain, the beach reopens without restrictions

By Jane Smith

 The Delray Beach city manager lifted most restrictions on the municipal beach on May 24.

The beach restrooms will remain closed.

“The meteorologists are expecting rain for the next few days. The rain should take care of everyone’s concerns about overcrowding at the beach,” City Manager George Gretsas, wrote in an email sent about 1 p.m. to city commissioners and the mayor.

“And since Broward County will be opening their beaches on Tuesday (May 26), I will be repealing the beach restrictions. This way, we don’t have to continue burning up staff resources.”

Delray Beach had closed its municipal beach to limit the spread of the coronavirus, a highly contagious respiratory illness. City leaders urge beachgoers to follow the guidelines issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The main pavilion at Atlantic Avenue is open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. Lifeguards staff the beach from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.

Sunbathing, surfing and volleyball playing can resume, along with group fitness activities that do not involve more than 10 people.

When Delray Beach first reopened its beach on May 18, activities were limited to walking, jogging and swimming.

Oceanside Beach Services, which runs the beach concession stands, can rent cabanas, chairs and umbrellas. Beachgoers can bring their own, along with coolers and tents.

Parking along A1A is limited to four hours. Meters are enforced. People with handicapped stickers can park for four hours at no charge.

City residents can park for free at the Anchor Park parking lot. All drivers attempting to park there must present a driver license with a Delray Beach address. Time limits will be enforced.  

At Atlantic Dunes Park, half of the parking lot is available for parking and open to all. Parking is free. Time limits are enforced. 

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