In an early morning email, County Attorney/County Manager Mike Mullin, when asked about the opening of beaches in Jacksonville, noted, “A regional approach was preferred and was working but Georgia and Duval, without consulting regional partners have decided on a different direction.” I
A special meeting was called for 10 am this morning at which time the Board of County Commissioners decided to “err on the side of caution,” a phrase used by Commissioner Danny Leeper to keep the beaches closed through the weekend and to monitor what happens at the Jacksonville beaches. The issue will be readdressed by the Nassau Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on Monday.
Staff will consult with its partners in an attempt to develop a very reasoned and reasonable plan.
As Mullin stated “There are medical issues still out there, there are enforcement issues . . . “
The City of Fernandina Beach is to address this issue at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday evening.
St. Johns and Flagler counties are also in discussions about re-opening their beaches.