By Rich Pollack

Concerns about the coronavirus have led Highland Beach leaders to cancel the 2020 Spring Fling, originally scheduled for March 21.

“Based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Health, we are exercising an abundance of caution to protect our population, which happens to be an at-risk population,” Town Manager Marshall Labadie said. 

In the past, the annual Spring Fling has featured food, a fire department demonstration and live music as well as free document shredding.  Shredding services will still be available at Town Hall on March 21 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Highland Beach also canceled the town library’s Thursday concert series and the Friday movies through at least May 1.

“The cancellations were made because the events held in two community rooms do not allow for the ‘social distancing’ that is now being recommended and practiced worldwide,” Labadie said in a news release.

He said the town recognizes how much the community values library events but added that the decision to cancel the two programs was made out of concern for the well-being of residents.

“Their health and safety is of paramount importance to our town,” he said.

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