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Beach Conditions and Travel Alerts

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(Last Updated 3/19/2020 at 4 pm)

In continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and in alignment with CDC guidelines, Sarasota County will be closing county operated public beaches Saturday, March 21, 2020 until further notice. 

Lifeguards will remain on duty at the beaches between 10 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. daily in order to ensure the safety of those who continue to visit the beaches. A double red flag, indicating no swimming, will be flying from lifeguard stands. Lifeguards will continue to work with law enforcement partners to proactively educate and interact with beachgoers. This is an effort to keep beachgoers informed on the current direction from Governor Ron DeSantis and other beach policies. Note: Manatee County operated beaches will also close at this time.

For more information and resources from Sarasota County Government, click here


For COVID-19 health tips, best practices and up-to-date information, visit the CDC Coronavirus Disease Travel Page or the Florida Department of Health Coronavirus Page. To see recent Florida Executive Orders from Governor DeSantis, visit FDOH's News Page

The U.S. Travel Association has travel specific resources for those in the travel industry to use with consumers. 

In all cases, if a visitor gets sick with fever, cough or has trouble breathing they should seek medical care and avoid contact with others.

Beach Conditions

To see detailed, updated information about any Sarasota County beach in real time, visit Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's Beach Conditions Reporting System.

For additional updates and imagery regarding beach conditions, see VISIT FLORIDA's Florida Now page.

Extreme Weather Conditions

Note: there are currently no extreme weather conditions in Sarasota County.

For the latest information on any given case of extreme weather, see Sarasota County Emergency Services' Facebook page where updates on local conditions during an emergency are posted in real time.  You can also call them at 941-861-5000. 

For Sarasota County's official information and advice for hurricane preperation, see the online Hurricane Preparedness kit.

For the highest level of hurricane tracking information, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) online Hurricane Center.