Broward hopes to reopen boating, parks and golf soon


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – As Broward County plans to reopen in phases, Mayor Dale Holness emphasized Tuesday the importance of being on the same page with neighboring counties.

Broward has been in touch with Miami-Dade and Palm Beach leadership regularly with the intent of coordinating openings at the same time, so as not to promote a rush of people into one county. Holness also spoke with most of the mayors of Broward cities Monday, with the plan for all of them coordinating timing.

No dates or rules for reopening have been finalized yet.

“The end of April and the beginning of May ... is a timeframe for us to start doing some of the relaxation of the rules,” Holness said, as long as testing for COVID-19 shows the county is ready.

The discussion in Broward is essentially following Miami-Dade County’s lead on first assessing the reopening of boat ramps, parks and golf courses.

“Our major economic engines — they’re all suffering,” County Administrator Bertha Henry said during Tuesday morning’s Broward County Commission meeting. The commission discussed business, but focused conversation of the near future on open, public spaces.

Like Miami-Dade’s recommendation, at the reopening of parks, social distancing would be enforced and walking paths would be one-way sidewalks. Pools would stay closed.

Golf course and boat ramp rules would also be modified to accommodate social distancing and prohibit groups of more than 10 from gathering.

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