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Palm Beach County plans to close all beaches for Fourth of July weekend

County to follow similar moves by Miami-Dade, Broward
People gathered on Lake Worth Beach, June 28, 2020
Posted at 8:34 PM, Jun 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-28 23:18:43-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Following in the footsteps of the other South Florida counties, Palm Beach County intends to close its beaches for the Fourth of July weekend.

"I've given direction to the county administrator to prepare an order that will close all beaches in Palm Beach County Thursday through Sunday," Mayor Dave Kerner said Sunday evening in a statement to WPTV NewsChannel 5.

Kerner said commissioners intend to meet Monday morning to discuss the matter.

"Unfortunately, this Fourth of July will not be spent at the beach," Kerner told CNN.

WPTV talked to beachgoers Sunday night to get their reaction to the closure.

"We'd already be crowded with our own people, but also with tourists and people coming from all these other counties, it would be really congested," Tom Campbell-Gabor said.

The move follows similar actions by Miami-Dade and Broward counties to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

"We're dealing with a war," Campbell-Gabor said. "It's just an invisible enemy and we have to take it much more seriously."