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Walton County beaches set to open May 1

Sunbathing will not be allowed on the beach. (WJHG/WECP)
Sunbathing will not be allowed on the beach. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Apr. 28, 2020 at 5:20 PM CDT
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Soon, the sounds of waves crashing in Walton County won't seem so far away.

"I'm very happy that the beaches are re-opening, I hope everyone stays extremely safe while they do so," said Hatton Smith, a Walton County resident.

While many are excited to get their feet in the sand, some area residents believe getting things back to normal is a step in the right direction.

"I like to see things open up. The economy, the beaches, I think that's good for everybody. So the sooner we can do it the better," said Area Resident, Diana Rhodes.

Local business owners hope more people on beach will help build back the local economy.

"It'll slowly come back. It won't be the summers we've had the past four or five years, but it'll get back. People love this area," said Joe Freer, the owner of Shades, Pescado, South Side Slice and Shaka.

Although there's still some concerns about the reopening.

"Folks coming in from out of town and bringing corona. What else? That's all I'm nervous about," said Brian Cooper the owner of Buddy's Seafood.

Friday the beaches will be open for walking, jogging, fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, surfing and boating.

Sunbathing is not allowed.

Many locals see this as a good start.

"I think it could be a great thing, lift a little moral around the State of Florida," said Smith.

County parks will also re-open on May 1.

County commissioners say sheriff's deputies will enforce the CDC's guidelines on the beach.

They'll make sure people are social distancing and avoid being in group of 10 or more.

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