Naples faces challenges with re-opening beach

By Samone Blair
Medill Reports

The City of Naples re-opened its beach for the second time Wednesday after an emergency closure due to large crowds of beachgoers, many of whom were presumed to be from other areas of Florida. Naples City Council voted Monday to re-open the beach again but with new restrictions aimed to discourage visitors from Florida’s east coast.

The restrictions include closing the beach from 11 am to 5 pm on weekends and Memorial Day. Coolers and tents are not permitted on the beach at any time. Chairs and umbrellas are allowed on weekdays and chairs can be brought on the beach for weekend evenings to watch the sunset. In terms of parking, any car in the beach lots that doesn’t display appropriate city permits will be fined $200.

Photo at top: Beachgoers walk and swim by the pier on Naples Beach on its first day of being re-opened again. (Samone Blair/MEDILL)