Several Pinellas County commissioners had wanted to ease beach restrictions, but the county’s 35 miles of pristine shoreline will remain closed until the coronavirus pandemic declines.
During a County Commission meeting on Thursday, the seven commissioners decided against opening parts of beaches and condominium pools for exercise, although several on Monday had said they wanted information so they could consider ways to let people use the beaches.
Commissioner Kathleen Peters asked the board and Sheriff Bob Gualtieri to consider allowing residents to use pools in condominiums. Many buildings have few residents, because other owners live out of state, she said, noting it is not fair to keep banning people from using pools to exercise
But the county decided that to open pools at country clubs and condos would set up a have and have-not system. So the county is sticking with its “all or nothing” ruling.