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Duval County/Jacksonville Beaches Reopen...

Discussion in 'GatorNana's Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by tarponbro, Apr 18, 2020.

  1. tarponbro

    tarponbro GC Legend

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    This is unreal, in a bad way. To make things worse, no one will be allowed on the beaches from 11AM to 5PM!! I bet there's gonna be some police officers at the beaches who work the day shift who will be hating life for awhile.
     
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  2. duchen

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    Hopefully the people use the beaches for exercise and movement. Where I live there is an open beach walk and it is used for those purposes. Not lounging. Right next to the closed beaches. People need air and sunlight And movement
     
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  3. BLING

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    The hours restriction makes literally zero sense. It just ensures more people packed in to a shorter window. WTF.

    I’m not opposed to the idea of beaches being “open”, in theory people should be able to take a walk on the beach. But it would be bad news to see people lingering in crowds if that’s what happens. Maybe the better solution is to have beaches open, zero hours restrictions, but just don’t let people set up chairs or umbrellas. Discourage some from staying too long or the crowds too packed in (I.e no repeat of the spring break debacle).
     
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  4. tarponbro

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    I agree with you, but I don't think it will work that way. CNN has a story on it, with a few live interviews. One problem is Jacksonville Beach isn't allowing parking east of 1st St. so where will people park who don't live near the beach? In private parking places and in front of residents' yards? No bars are open, restaurants are takeout/delivery only so everyone who doesn't live at the beach will need to go somewhere else. This is a very poorly thought out plan by local leaders. Oh yeah. they have put in social distancing requirements but they are also allowing groups less than 50 people use the beach. WTF?? I just don't understand the reasoning behind this, except that politicians are letting the constituents who are dissatisfied get to them.
     
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  5. cocodrilo

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    Don't expect any rational decisions from the governor of Florida. He has stated that any decisions he makes about this pandemic will follow the recommendations of Donald Trump. The Donald hasn't publicly recommended that beaches be opened, but I'm sure if DeSantis asked him if he should (and DeSantis knows this), Trump would say, "Hell yes!" Follow the "base," which is out in protest about this whole social-distancing business.
     
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  6. SCGator52

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    The hour restrictions are most likely geared toward not encouraging sun bathers and those just lounging around. 11-5 is usually the prime time for sun bathers. The hours the beaches are open are for those wanting to get out and walk, run, bike and get some exercise.
     
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  7. mjbuf05

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    yeah, except it wasn't governors decision. Some beaches in FL are closed
     
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  8. tarponbro

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    You know it won't work out that way, right? At 11 AM and 8 PM, will it be like closing time for bars, except with a few thousand people?
     
  9. channingcrowderhungry

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    You're right, however I'd be curious the governor's authority here. Obviously he could apply pressure to keep the beaches closed, but I don't know whose call it actually is.
     
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  10. Spurffelbow833

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    With everyone shut up in their homes, the cops are getting bored. They need a chance to blow off a little steam, yell at people, maybe make a few arrests.
     
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  11. mjbuf05

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    Why though? I live on the beach and ours is open for recreational activities. Everybody is distancing from each other except families together. Its way less of a threat then being at a grocery store. Our beaches have stayed open almost the entire time and we have less than 60 cases here over a month. The beaches being open isn't a problem unless there is a spring break style gathering. The beach police are enforcing this so it doesn't happen. The fact is, you won't catch this thing if you wash your hands before touching your nose, mouth etc. and don't get too close to somebody who coughs or sneeze's or spits. It doesn't magically enter your body if you step outside. If some don't want to go outside cause they are scared shitless then so be it, but don't tell some of us we can't go outside and enjoy what we can. Just do it responsibly. (this isn't directed at you btw, just in general from the folks on here who want people to stay huddled up in their homes for months)
     
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  12. channingcrowderhungry

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    Did you not see the pics from Jax beach yesterday when they reopened? I thought that was the gist of this thread. It was like a mini 4th of July.
     
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  13. rivergator

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    Friday on Jax Beach[​IMG]
     
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  14. channingcrowderhungry

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    That looks better, social distance wise, than this FB_IMG_1587219751778.jpg
     
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  15. mjbuf05

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    I did, didn't look great, but I go to Publix weekly and people are much closer together.
     
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  16. mjbuf05

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    That picture isn't as close as the other. Most people are keeping the required distance apart when you see if up close like the first picture. Again, chances of getting it like this are miniscule. You literally have to walk through somebodies sneeze or cough cloud at just the right time, and being outside makes it even more a remote chance to get it this way.
     
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  17. channingcrowderhungry

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    Food is essential. Beach is not. If people could actually behave responsibly, most of the lockdown we have in place wouldn't be necessary, and I would agree with you. But selfish people ruin it for everyone, put other people at risk, and prolong this for everyone behaving responsibly.
     
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  18. tarponbro

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    4th of July is usually worse, but I'm interested in seeing what crowds are like at the beach today and tomorrow.
     
  19. channingcrowderhungry

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    I have a friend who has a similar stance to you, and has been screaming for them to open back up the beaches. He went yesterday and immediately was like "yeah, they need to shut these back down."

    We'll see how it plays out. I'd love for the beaches, parks, and anything else outside to be open.
     
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  20. 96Gatorcise

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    Jax will be seeing a spike in cases in 2-3 weeks
     
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