Naples beaches reopen after temporarily shutting down again

Naples Beach. Photo via WINK News

Wednesday morning you can head back to the beaches in Naples, but with some restrictions.

The question now is, how do police plan to enforce these new rules so the beaches aren’t shutdown again?

With the new rules, Naples police say their goal is to educate you on what is safe and what is not.

So, say you have your chair on the beach Saturday morning when it’s not allowed — they hope they can just tell you to take it back to your car, you cooperate—and that’s the end of it.

We anticipate that’ll be all that’s necessary with our residents…we want to ensure everyone’s safety as best as possible and we appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation as these are all difficult times,” said Lt. Bryan McGinn of the Naples Police Department.

Naples police say crowds got so out of control last Saturday that they handed out more than a hundred violations.

When asked if they would issue fines to people breaking the new rules and if so how much?

Police said as long as you are respectful and listen it shouldn’t get to that point.

When it comes to parking citations though — that’s a different story.

Council decided Monday that parking fines will double from $100 to $200.

There’s no hourly beach parking and you can’t park on residential streets unless its a marked area.

Some neighbors say they think it might take a little extra push from the police to make sure people actually follow the rules.

“When the beach was closed I saw a lot more police and beach patrol than I did when the beach was open, so I do think they probably should step it up and I don’t know how well they were patrolling all of the cars in the parking one of my neighbors told me a lot of people were parking on the streets that don’t allow it,” said Naples resident Suzanne McDonald.

Naples police also say, at this point, they do not plan to have officers working overtime or bringing in any additional staffing.

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