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Florida Department of Education rules that schools must reopen next month

An executive order was signed Monday mandating that schools must reopen next month


The order outlines the details of reopening the schools, saying that all school boards and charter school governing boards must open brick and mortar schools at least five days per week for all students, subject to orders set forth by the Department of Health and local departments of health.



Treasure Coast beachgoers figuring out new Fourth of July plans amid beach closures

Beaches across Martin and St. Lucie counties will be closed this weekend. This is how local residents are adjusting their holiday plans



Treasure Coast residents are figuring out their new Fourth of July plans amid the beach closures taking effect this weekend.

Martin County is closing all of its public beaches, beach accesses and beach parking lots from 6 p.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Monday. St. Lucie County will be closing all of its public beach accesses on North and South Hutchinson island from Friday through Sunday. This includes all of the beach parking lots in the unincorporated area, city limits of Fort Pierce, Fort Pierce Inlet State Park and Avalon Beach. Indian River County is restricting beach access in Vero Beach to county residents this weekend



Indian River County is the only county on Treasure Coast keeping beaches open over July Fourth weekend


Indian River County is the only county on the Treasure Coast that isn’t considering closing its beaches over the holiday weekend. Some county residents spoke with WPBF to say the spread of COVID-19 and the amount of people that could potentially come from other counties to their beaches is a concern.

Firefighters focus on fireworks safety this Fourth of July


Officials with Delray Beach Fire Rescue are expecting to see more people using fireworks this Fourth of July because many shows are canceled due to COVID-19 and a new law.

Firefighters hosted a small fireworks demonstration Tuesday morning to remind residents that setting off your own fireworks can be dangerous and even deadly.

Many South Florida beaches are closing for the 4th of July holiday weekend: Here's what you need to know

As the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaches, many South Florida beaches are closing down due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. Here's a look at what many counties are doing:


Palm Beach County: Palm Beach County beaches, both public and private, will close to the public on Friday, July 3rd and will reopen on Monday, July 6th. For boaters, rafting or flotillas will not be allowed. Boats cannot be tied to each other. Vessels may anchor in deep water, but must be 50 feet apart from each other. This includes all boats, kayakers and paddle boarders.


Martin County: Beaches will be closed from Thursday at 6 p.m. through Monday at 7 a.m.


City of Vero Beach: Beginning Friday, July 3rd at 7:00 a.m., the City of Vero Beach will only allow Vero Beach and Indian River County residents access to the public beaches within the City of Vero Beach limits. Parking enforcement will also be in effect. The beaches will reopen on Monday, July 6th.


Broward County: Beaches will close Friday, July 3rd and will reopen on Monday, July 5th.


Miami-Dade County: Beaches will close Friday, July 3rd and will reopen on Monday, July 5th.

Lawsuit filed against Palm Beach County for mask mandate

The group says the mandate is "unlawful" and infringes on constitutional freedoms



The Florida Civil Rights Coalition has filed a lawsuit against Palm Beach County, citing the county's mask mandate is "unlawful" and "infringes upon the well-settled constitutionally protected freedoms of over a million Palm Beach County residents."

In a statement, the coalition said they teamed up with several law offices to seek emergency and permanent injunctive relief against the county.

NFL owners approve covering seats closest to field to protect coaches, players from COVID-19


Some fans could be losing their seats during the NFL season this year.

The NFL owners approved to cover seats closest to the field to protect coaches and players during the coronavirus pandemic, according to NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Palm Beach County to issue order to close beaches over Fourth of July weekend


Palm Beach County is expected to follow the lead of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties and close its beaches over the Fourth of July weekend. Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner says the county will announce its upcoming beach closure on Monday morning. Kerner says these closures will apply to all beaches in the county, both public and private

Nearly 9,000 newly reported COVID-19 cases in Florida; Over 650 new cases in Palm Beach Co.

According to the Department of Health, there were 122,960 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Friday morning. The number of cases rose by about 8,942 from the previous day, setting a new single-day record. At least 3,464 Florida residents have died from COVID-19, as 137 new deaths were reported


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