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Rainy weather, rough surf doesn't deter beachgoers in Martin County

Posted at 6:38 PM, May 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-24 20:39:01-04

STUART, Fla. — Rough surf and gloomy weather didn't stop people from setting up their lawn chairs and umbrellas Sunday on the beach in Stuart.

Officials with the Martin County Sheriff's Office said people have been abiding by the rules.

"We’ve had a lot of voluntary compliance on our beaches and on our waterways," Lt. Ryan Grimsdale said. "We would encourage people just to, again, just maintain safety, whether that's in the COVID-19 realm or in the method in which they operate their vessel or when they are swimming and they are with their families. Just to be safe, be cognizant of their surroundings and just enjoy themselves."

As a precaution, as with any holiday, Martin County deputies have stepped up patrols and units on waterways and beaches.