Violators of Palm Beach County beach closures to be fined

Palm Beach County officials announced that they will be closing all beaches for the Fourth of July weekend to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Violators of Palm Beach County’s emergency order closing all beaches for the Fourth of July weekend could be subject to a $100 penalty.

Under the emergency order issued Monday, all public, municipal and private beaches will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Friday until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

It also gives law enforcement the authority to issue civil citations for repeat offenders who violate the order. Those fines include a $25 citation for the first violation, $50 citation for the second violation and $100 for each additional violation.

“Compliance and enforcement processes shall include the provision of a written or verbal warning and opportunity to correct before citations resulting in fines are issued,” according to the order.

The order also states that businesses violating the order could receive stiffer penalties of up to $500, although it does allow restaurants and stores within beach parks to remain open.

Reaction has been mixed among residents, some of whom support the decision, with others criticizing the move and suggesting that the beaches should remain open to those who live in the county.

Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner said Monday that the order is in place for the public health and safety of residents.