BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – The Brevard County Commission voted 4-1 today to direct staff not to devote resources to closing county beaches and to ask Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey to not enforce the beach closure.
County Commission Chair and head of the Brevard Policy Group, Bryan Lober, was the sole “no” vote.
Brevard County’s beach closure from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday announced on Thursday was implemented by the Brevard Policy Group without discussion and approval by the Brevard County Commission.
“We need to get commissioners involved in the decisionmaking,” said Commissioner Curt Smith.
Sheriff Ivey had publicly expressed that he did not want to close the beach.
Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach are expected to keep their beaches closed.
“Our number one priority is for the safety of our residents in our community, now is not the time to invite the whole world to our beaches,” said Cocoa Beach Mayor Ben Malik after learning of the County Commission’s vote.
Lober said he will ask the Brevard Policy Group to meet later today to hold a vote to open the County’s unincorporated beaches.