Charlotte County & Sarasota County Beaches Are Open

Charlotte County sports fields and dog parks reopened for regularly scheduled hours Friday, April 24. Englewood Beach and Port Charlotte Beach reopened Monday, April 27.

Beach restrooms are now open at Englewood Beach. 

**Parking will be free through May 31. Starting June 1, patrons must either have a parking pass or use the Park Mobile app to pay for parking**

 Regular beach hours are 6am-9pm. 

Baseball, softball, soccer and football fields are reopened. No organized activities will be permitted. County facilities not included in this announcement will remain closed.

**Tennis & Pickleball courts opened as of Friday, May 8th

Please follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines for social distancing. Gatherings of 10 or more are not permitted under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order.

Sarasota County-operated beaches, – Parking is now available at county-owned beaches. Chairs, coolers and canopies are also allowed. Playgrounds, amenities and picnic shelters will remain closed. These areas will be opened as part of Phase 3 of beach reopening. Restrooms are open.

Executive Order: Recreational Boating:
Because COVID-19 continues to impact Florida, a new Executive Order has been enacted to reflect direction from Governor DeSantis, the DOH and the CDC. Effective immediately, all recreational boats must be at least 50 feet apart. Each recreational vessel must not have more than 10 people on board. Full details and additional proactive measures the FWC is implementing:

UPDATE on April 3rd: According to county leaders in Southwest Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, fishing guides are considered to operate essential businesses. All rules must be followed – practicing the 50-foot safe boating social distancing and no anchoring up on public beaches of any kind, no gatherings (on boats or people in the water). If rules are not followed, fishing and boating could very well be shut down for us. So go catch ’em up, whether by yourself or with your favorite guide. Make sure if you’re by yourself to follow all FWC rules, and have your fishing license. Go to for more information.

Find out more about the guidelines outlined by DOH and the CDC regarding social distancing for #COVID19

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