Palm Beach County Sheriff Talks Enforcement Of Beach Closures This Weekend


The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office will be among the agencies enforcing the beach closures this weekend.

"We're going to make it easy on people to not violate it because if you can't park near the beach, if you can't get access to it, then you're not going to go on the beach."

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says the emergency order wasn't because of anything Palm Beach County beachgoers were doing.

"The sad part about it is Dade and Broward made us do what we needed to do because all of the people from down there were going to come up here.

In fact, the sheriff says local residents have been following the rules.

"The people in Palm Beach County were doing, pretty much, what they were supposed to be doing on the beaches. We're just a victim of what's happening with Dade and Broward."

Now, all beaches will be closed from the Keys through the Treasure Coast, with the exception of Indian River county, which will only allow residents on their sand until Monday.

Bradshaw says deputies on ATV's will be riding up and down the shoreline all weekend.

The sheriff also spoke about fireworks safety this Fourth of July, the first time since the 1940's that Floridians are legally allowed to set them off. That's thanks to a new state law that allows the use of fireworks on July 4th, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

In the audio player above, you can also hear Bradshaw discuss PBSO's budget and other topics.

Image: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office