CORONAVIRUS: Palm Beach County State Of Emergency Expires Friday, Or Does It?

Florida Covid-19 News

BOCA RATON, FL ( — The current State of Emergency for Palm Beach County expires on May 15th — that’s Friday — but there is wide expectation that Mayor Dave Kerner will sign another executive order extending the emergency for at least a week.

We count eight “State of Emergency” declarations enacted so far in Palm Beach county since the COVID-19 crisis began. While a “state of emergency” is often used as a mechanism to make funding and personnel changes, it also provideS county leaders, and police, with the ability to make and enforce new rules (think: golf course and beach closures).

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis last weekend signed a 60-day state of emergency for the State, while simultaneously agreeing to let Palm beach County move to a “Phase One” reopening. The two can be mutually exclusive.

The Palm Beach County Commission is set to meet later this week to likely discuss another “state of emergency” declaration as well as decide whether beaches should reopen on Monday.

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