CLOSE Beaches in Florida reopened for certain essential activities consistent with social distancing such as walking, fishing, swimming, and surfing. WochitLife’s a beach, right? Well, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, not so much.In spite of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “safer at home” order, which encourages Floridians to stay at home through April 30, some beaches in the Sunshine State remain open.Chatter on social media seems split: Those who live on the coast, within walking or driving distance, love their walks on the beach and the call of the sea. Picture-perfect weather adds to the challenge of staying away.Despite coronavirus: NASA, SpaceX aim to launch astronauts from Kennedy Space Center’Misinformation’: Brevard nursing home coronavirus list contains errorsPopular Facebook group:  Coronavirus questions, answers and info in BrevardBut practicing social distancing and hanging out in groups fewer than five are critical to stopping the spread of coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of Friday evening, there were more than 30,000 cases of COVID-19 in Florida and over 1,000 deaths, the Florida Department of Health reports.Jacksonville officially reopened its beaches April 17, and not long after throngs of beachgoers dotted the sand. #FloridaMorons started trending, and the Sunshine State got a beating

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