Not sure why the county and beaches will be open for business but beach vendors will still not be allowed to operate? I know there are VASTLY different opinions on beach vending in general in this forum and am not trying to make this post about those deep rooted opinions. Just wondering what the justification is? Our grocery stores, gas stations, greens, restaurants and even beaches can be overrun with potentially infected outsiders but not setting up some chairs and umbrellas or renting some paddle boards will keep us safe? If I were in the beach vending business I would be feeling particularly singled out. Again, not going into the personal opinions on the industry, but it is a legitimate industry with legitimate businesses that employ locals who are out of work and hurting just like many of us. If the county feels short term rentals are safe again, opening us up to people from all over the country with no screening, how can they say ANYTHING else is still not allowed and thus implying ANYTHING else is more dangerous right now than short term rentals?
My guess is that when beaches are open we need all the room we can get to socially distance on the beach without the competition for sand that comes with lines of chairs and umbrellas everywhere. Also, opening the beaches right now should be a way for locals to get outside for recreation. Not necessarily for sunbathing next to others all day. Some of our public beaches are small and easily crowded. Especially with Florida State Parks being closed.
The work for vendors setting up and managing chairs on a beach just doesn't sound essential to me. Maybe others have a different opinion.
I'm sure vendors will be allowed soon enough.