Ivey: Alabama beaches remain closed as storm recovery proceeds
Alabama’s beaches remain closed as coastal communities continue to clean up after Hurricane Sally.
Governor Kay Ivey’s office issued a statement Thursday that Baldwin County’s beaches would remain closed until Friday, October 2.
“Working closely with Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft, Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon, and Commissioner Billy Joe Underwood, the Governor has agreed to keep Baldwin County’s beaches closed until Friday, October 2nd hold “, it said. “This will give these communities additional time to prepare their beaches for public enjoyment in a safe and responsible manner.”
The statement did not set a date for the Dauphin Island beaches, but it was noted that it may be different.
“Likewise, the governor has contacted Mayor Jeff Collier and she stands ready to change the beach closure order for Mobile County if he signals Dauphin Island is ready to reopen its beaches,” it said. “Currently, all beaches in Alabama are closed until further notice.”
There is still no schedule for Dauphin Island’s public beaches to reopen, Collier said Thursday. It will depend on the progress of the restoration work, he said.
“Right now, our situation with public beaches is that most of them are inaccessible because of other problems,” such as damage to roads and parking lots, he said. A re-entry checkpoint to get to the island has been closed, but access to the west end is still limited by a checkpoint, he said.