Published March 20, 2020
Earlier today, Hilton Head Island Mayor John McCann announced the closure of public beaches on Hilton Head effective Saturday, March 21. His directive included closing all public beach accesses and public beach parking to include restrooms and other public facilities. However, the Town does not have the authority to close private beach accesses. The Mayor stated that people who have private beach access through their homes or rentals in private communities will still be able to access the beach. All beach accesses in Palmetto Dunes are private and are open at this time.
We believe his intent was to limit large gatherings on the public beaches to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, many other cities and towns have closed their beaches and the Mayor feared the next wave of beach goers from other areas would come to Hilton Head as a “last resort”. Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office will continue to disperse large gatherings of people on the beaches and warn the public that deputies will issue tickets for drinking on the beach.
Please see below link for Town of Hilton Head New Release and article in the Island Packet: