COVID-19 Information – April 4, 2020
The Town continues to implement directives from the White House, State of Florida Governor’s office, and local emergency managers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency protective measures, and CDC advisories.
New information is denoted in bold font.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Manatee County Commissioners passed an Emergency Resolution providing for a curfew between the hours of 11:00pm – 5:00am beginning Friday, April 3. This does not apply to the Longboat Key portion in Manatee County but would apply if residents were traveling in off-island in Manatee County during those hours.
On April 1, 2020 Governor DeSantis issued EO 20-91, “Safer At Home” and is summarized below, as well as other relevant Executive Orders.
EO 20-91 Directives for “Safer At Home” states that senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. All persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. A list enumerating essential services can be found on the Town’s website, under “News”. Governmental agencies, including the Town of Longboat Key will continue conducting business and providing services. Working from home is encouraged for those included in the Safer at Home order. Local businesses/organizations are encouraged to provide delivery, carry-out, or curbside service for pick up, to the greatest extent possible. Essential Activities includes attending religious services, participating in recreational activities (with CDC social distancing), walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, swimming, taking care of pets, and caring for or assisting a loved one or friend.
EO 20-86 includes directives for travelers from Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and establishes checkpoints for vehicles entering Florida. All travelers from those States are directed to isolate or quarantine for 14 days from time they enter Florida, and applies retroactively to persons who visited those areas in the past 14 days. They are also required to inform any person in Florida who they have had direct physical contact in the past 21 days that they traveled from one of those areas. The EO further requires FDOT checkpoints on roads entering Florida, welcome centers, and rest stops requiring travelers from those States to provide information regarding the origin of their travel and address of their destination for 14-day isolation or quarantine. Checkpoints currently on I-95, I-75, U.S. 17 and other roadways entering Florida. Violation of EO 20-82 is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment, or a fine of up to $500.
EO 20-87 suspends certain Florida vacations rentals of less than 30 days (identified on State DBPR license as vacation rental condo or vacation rental dwelling). Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations, and shall not accept new guests for check-in through April 10, unless extended. This includes rental of homes, condominiums, cooperatives, or dwelling units considered as transient public lodging establishments. It excludes hotels, motels, inns, resorts, non-transient public lodging, and time-share properties. Violation of EO 20-87 is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment, or a fine of up to $500.
The Town of Longboat Key supports these measures and are coordinating for enforcement of all Federal, State, and County Directives.
Longboat Key Town Hall, and other Public Buildings have implemented virtual customer service to protect our residents, and staff, while continuing to provide our high-level of customer service to residents, visitors, and businesses. Customers can contact staff by phone, e-mail, and when necessary an appointment can be made to visit a facility. Town Hall remains staffed, and fully operational, to sustain all Town services.
For Public Participation at Virtual Town Commission Meetings
Our Town Commission is dedicated to continue addressing the business of the Town. Our top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic is to maintain the health of our residents, employees and visitors while also maintaining public participation in our Town meetings. Following CDC guidelines, we are not allowing public access into the Commission Chambers to ensure appropriate social distancing with the Mayor and staff. The remaining Commissioners participate virtually, as a safety precaution. Respecting restrictions when it comes to public gatherings, we are dedicated to make sure those who would like to make their voice heard at Commission meetings, are able to.
The public will have the ability to view by livestream, or by Zoom, and submit written public comments to be read into the record during the virtual Commission Meeting. To provide written comments, e-mail Town Clerk Trish Shinkle at firstname.lastname@example.org, send regular mail to 501 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, FL, 34228, or submit the online form. Instructions for viewing the meeting can also be found on our website. www.longboatkey.org
Town Park/Amenity Closures:
- Beach and Boat access to Greer Island (Beer Can Island) is closed
- Longboat Key’s 12 Public Beach Access Points & Parking
This includes Quick Point, Overlook Park, and Bayfront Park
- All public boat ramps in Manatee County, Linley Street Boat Ramp, City of Sarasota boat ramps, City Island boat ramp, and parking at Bird Key Park
- Tennis Center
- Areas of Bayfront Park - Tennis, Pickleball, Basketball, Shuffleboard and Children’s Playground.
- Sarasota County public beaches and Manatee County public beaches
- Amenities at Sarasota County Parks
Public Amenities that remain open:
- Bayfront Park dog park, green space, kayak launch, fishing platforms, walking paths remain open.
- Longboat Key residents, private property owners, and their visitors, are allowed to use the beach under current CDC restrictions of social distancing, and groups under 10 people.
- Please observe CDC protective measures as you enjoy those open public amenities at Town parks: 6-foot social distancing, no groups over 10 persons, and personal hygiene re coughing, & handwashing.
Private Property Amenities (gyms, fitness centers, spas, and pools):
- Private property multi-family, and resort properties were requested to assess their gyms, fitness centers, and pool areas for compliance with CDC advisories. Those that do not meet CDC guidelines (gathering places for groups exceeding 10 in size, 6’ social distancing, or are not regularly sanitized) are strongly encouraged to close any non-compliant amenity.
If Someone Suspects COVID-19:
- Individuals who suspect they may have COVID-19 should call the Florida Department of Health at 866-779-6121, or email at COVIDemail@example.com AND follow up with your physician.
Drive-Through Testing Sites Are Open In Sarasota County and Manatee County
- You must have a Doctor’s prescription to be tested for COVID-19. You will subsequently be notified by DOH of your appointment time. Proof of County residency is required (driver’s license, passport, utility bill)
- Sarasota County Department of Health – 941-861-2900
- Manatee County Department of Health – 941-748-0747
Residents who are not receiving CodeRED messaging, please register through the Town’s website. The link is located under the “I Want To…’ tab and re-directs you to the CodeRED registration portal.
Daily evaluations are made of any necessary additional protective measures. Staff publishes daily updates to the Town’s website www.longboatkey.org re COVID-19 issues.
For other resources regarding CODIV-19, the website contains links to Florida Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
All Town of Longboat Key COVID-19 Updates below as pdf documents: