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PRESS RELEASE - EMERGENCY DIRECTIVE 20-04 - No Beach Parking Permitted

PRESS RELEASE
                                            No Beach Parking Permitted

04/09/2020
The State of Florida, Manatee County and the City of Holmes Beach
are currently under a declared state of emergency due to COVID-19
(Corona Virus).
All Manatee County Island Beaches will be closed effective 6am Friday 
3/20/2020 until further notice.  The gates at the public beach, located at 
4000 Gulf Dr., will be locked.
To gain compliance with the Governors Executive order 20-91 Safer at Home
rules Effective April 10, 2020 0600 the following shall not be permitted
until further notice:
  • No Beach Access Parking
  • No on Street Parking on any City Street
  • No Right of Way Parking
Illegally parked vehicles will be towed at the owner's expense.

s/b/ Chief William L. Tokajer
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EMERGENCY DIRECTIVE 20-03
CITY OF HOLMES BEACH, FLORIDA,
A SUPPLEMENTAL EMERGENCY DIRECTIVE OF THE MAYOR FOR THE CITY OF HOLMES BEACH, FLORIDA, REAFFIRMING A STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19); PROHIBITING BEACH ACCESS PARKING; PROHIBITING ON-STREET PARKING ON ANY CITY STREET; PROHIBITING RIGHT OF WAY PARKING; PROHIBITING BEACH CLOSURES INDEFINITELY; PROVIDING FOR TOWING OF VEHICLES IN VIOLATION OF THIS EMERGENCY DIRECTIVE; PROVIDING FOR PENALTIES; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, Mayor Titsworth issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency for the City of Holmes Beach due to the pandemic known as the coronavirus (COVID-19), which proclamation was codified by Resolution No. 20-08; and 

WHEREAS, on March 23, 2020, Mayor Titsworth issued a first extension declaring a state of emergency for the City of Holmes Beach due to the pandemic known as the coronavirus (COVID-19), which proclamation was codified by Resolution No. 20-09; and 

WHEREAS, on March 30, 2020, Mayor Titsworth issued a second extension declaring a state of emergency for the City of Holmes Beach due to the pandemic known as the coronavirus (COVID-19), which proclamation was codified by Resolution No. 20-10; and   

WHEREAS, on April 6, 2020, Mayor Titsworth issued a third extension declaring a state of emergency for the City of Holmes Beach due to the pandemic known as the coronavirus (COVID-19), which proclamation was codified by Resolution No. 20-12; and   

WHEREAS, on April 1, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order Number 20-91, which provides that all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home through April 30, 2020, including the mandate that local jurisdictions shall ensure that groups of people greater than ten are not permitted to congregate in any public space; and   

WHEREAS, with the spread of coronavirus and recent proclamations by Governor DeSantis, Mayor Titsworth has determined that it is necessary to prohibit beach use and access, beach access parking, on-street parking on any city street, right of way parking and providing for penalties of violations. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS FOLLOWS

Section 1. Factual Basis. The above "WHEREAS" clauses are incorporated herein as findings of fact. 

Section 2. Beach Access and Use, and Parking Restrictions. 

            (a)        All Manatee County Island Beaches will be closed effectively immediately until midnight on April 30, 2020, and the gates at the public beach located at 4000 Gulf Drive, will be locked until such time as the public beach is reopened. 

            (b)        Effective April 10, 2020, beginning at 6:00am, and continuing until further notice, there shall be no beach access parking, no on-street parking on any City street, and no right of way parking. Any vehicles found in violation of this Emergency Directive will be towed at the owner’s expense, and additionally the owner may still be found in violation of Section 252.50, Florida Statutes. 

Section 3.  Violations.  Any person violating any provision of this Emergency Directive is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in Section 252.50, Florida Statutes. 

Section 4.  Severability.  If any section, subsection, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase in this resolution is held invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, then such invalidity shall not affect the remaining portions thereof. 

Section 5.  Effective Date and Termination Date.  This Emergency Directive shall take effect immediately upon its adoption and shall be in effect until midnight on April 30, 2020, unless earlier terminated or cancelled by official action of the Mayor.

 Signed this 9th day of April, 2020.

 CITY OF HOLMES BEACH:
s/b   Judy Titsworth, Mayor

 ATTEST:     s/b Stacey Johnston, MMC, City Clerk