Public Information Officer
Driving on County Beaches
Nassau County, Florida, May 13, 2020- At today’s Special Meeting, the Board of County Commissioners approved Executive Order No. 7 which provided a plan to reintroduce driving on certain County beaches to allow for greater utilization of beach areas.
Based on the limited space available for vehicular parking and driving, and due to the continued need for spacing and reduction of gatherings, it has been determined that during this initial phase, only Nassau County residents and active military personnel will be allowed to drive on the beach.
Effective at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020, vehicular traffic may access designated areas at Peters Point and Lewis Street (American Beach) between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. each day. The Scott Road vehicular access will remain closed for the term of the declared emergency but shall be open for pedestrian access.
Each beach driving access point will have a representative available to check that the driver has a Nassau County Drivers License or State I.D., or an active military identification card. The Board realizes that there may be individuals that have property in Nassau County but do not have an I.D. reflecting Nassau County as their place of residence. At this time, the County does not have the ability to review other types of documents to verify residency. However, a method is being established and will be presented to the Board for consideration at a future meeting.
All individuals may continue to access the beach, subject to social distancing requirements outlined by the Center for Disease Control, between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. each day.
Additionally, the Board has approved a plan to allow horseback riding on the beach between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., subject to certain restrictions outlined in the Executive Order.
Should you have any questions, please contact the County Manager’s Office at (904) 530-6010.