Miami-Dade mayor postpones reopening of public beaches due to protests

Empty chairs sit on the beach, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. Florida's largest county inched closer to economic shutdown as Miami-Dade County's mayor ordered all beaches, parks and “non-essential” commercial and retail businesses closed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Mayor Carlos Gimenez's order Thursday allows several businesses to remain open, including health care providers, grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants and banks. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Beachgoers in Miami-Dade County who were looking forward to hitting the sand on Monday will have to wait a little bit longer.

Due to protests in Miami-Dade on Saturday, some peaceful, some violent, Mayor Carlos Gimenez is postponing his plan to reopen county beaches.

Gimenez announced the decision while appearing on This Week in South Florida. The full interview can be seen below:

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez joined This Week in South Florida to discuss his actions following violent protests, looting.

Public beaches across Miami-Dade County were set to reopen on Monday.

Gimenez imposed a countywide curfew on Saturday, which lasted from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The curfew hours were extended from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and will be enforced until Gimenez lifts the order.

It’s unknown when Gimenez will allow county beaches to reopen.

About the Author:

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.