FL - County, cities divided on regulating beach parking, park access
Cocoa Beach City Manager Jim McKnight has a heads-up for Orlando residents and other out-of-towners who want to visit city beaches in Brevard County this weekend: "We don't have any parking for them yet."
McKnight's warning Friday echoed that of several other beachside cities and towns in Brevard as novel coronavirus lockdowns begin to lift. Officials of those communities said they plan to keep beach parking closed this weekend, to limit crowds, despite county government opening open up its beachside parking in the unincorporated areas of the county.
The county Policy Group handling the local response to coronavirus pandemic voted 8-1 on Friday to reopen county-controlled beachside parks and parking areas. West Melbourne City Manager Scott Morgan — who was representing the Space Coast League of Cities on the Policy Group — was the sole dissenting vote.
The Policy Group's vote — which followed a 4-1 vote Thursday by the County Commission — has created a rift between the county and the beachside cities and towns.