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Venice beaches and park access UPDATE

Post Date:04/30/2020 2:57 PM

VeniceBeach1-2017Parking is now available at Sarasota County-maintained and operated beaches, including beaches in the City of Venice, as of May 4.

Parking is available at Venice Beach, Brohard Beach (near Sharky's), Chauncy Howard Park, Maxine Barritt Park and Service Club Park.

Chairs, coolers and umbrellas are also now allowed, but all beachgoers are asked to maintain social distancing and keep groups to 10 or less. Concessions, amenities and picnic shelters will remain closed. These areas will be opened as part of Phase 3 of beach reopenings. Restrooms are open.

The County also opened outdoor pickleball and tennis courts May 2, including those at Hecksher Park and Wellfield Park in Venice. The following guidelines and restrictions are in place:

• One-hour maximum timeframe of use per match.
• Those waiting for the courts to open must remain 6 feet apart.
• Maintain social distancing in all areas off the courts and keep groups to 10 or less and 6 feet apart.
All court activity and compliance will be monitored by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources staff. 

Chuck Reiter Park and Wellfield Park are also open for recreational use; however, no team sports or league reservations will be taken through May 17. Playgrounds are not open.  

In the City of Venice, Humphris Park (South Jetty), the Brohard Paw Park and Venice Fishing Pier will remain closed. The reopening of these facilities is being reviewed. A note that all dog parks in Sarasota County are currently closed, which includes the Paw Park. Additionally, the entire dune walkover (boardwalk) at the Paw Park is being replaced and under construction at this time.