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The pedestrian traffic at Conn Boardwalk has been changed to one way to help with social distancing measures as community members enjoy the late morning sun and breeze on Monday, April 20, 2020, in Vero Beach. TC Palm

FL - Indian River County reopening guarded beaches Tuesday; St. Lucie may, Martin will not

One month ago, Treasure Coast leaders closed beaches. It was a unified front from local officials to present clarity for their region.

With pressure heating up over when to reopen the beaches — as each respective community balances varied coronavirus testing availability, a range in hospitalizations and various hyperlocal dynamics — the three counties are taking different paths.

Indian River County plans to open its guarded beaches Tuesday, with social-distancing restrictions and for walking, swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking and exercises purposes.

St. Lucie County has drafted an order to open all of its beaches Tuesday, but officials are not yet committing to the plan.

And Martin County, closest to the coronavirus hotspot in Palm Beach County, plans to hold steady and keep beaches closed.

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