Don't Go - Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach Cracking Down on Beach Parking

Holmes Beach - Chief of Police, William L. Tokajer (a listener and a great friend of the Maverick & Lulu show)... called in this morning to tell us about some news. He started our talk though, with a question for Lulu, who is broadcasting from her home studio.

Listen to the Full Interview with the Chief Here:

The city of Holmes Beach beginning this morning (Friday, April 10) is adopting much stricter measures to discourage people from trying to visit the beach during the coronavirus pandemic.

The county closed all of Manatee County's beaches on March 20th, and last week, all of Florida is under a stay-at-home order from Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Starting at 6 a.m. this morning (Friday, April 10), public parking within Holmes Beach city limits will be severely reduced. The city will ban all beach access parking, all parking on city streets and all right-of-way parking.

Keep in mind, Manatee Public Beach, one of Anna Maria Island’s largest beaches, is within the Homes Beach city’s limits. That public parking lot, that accesses the beach has been closed since March 20th, when the countywide beach order went into effect.

Bradenton Beach never allows right-of-way parking, and the public parking lots for beach access are all closed.

The reason for the change.... There are people still going to the beach.

Manatee County Law enforcement has not been strictly enforcing the closures for those who follow social distancing rules.

The closure also does not apply to residents and businesses with private beach access.

The following new rules will start Friday, April 10th

  • No beach access parking
  • No street parking on any city street
  • No right of way parking
  • Illegally parked vehicles will be towed at owners expense.