VIDEO: Crowds gather on island beaches in Perdido Pass, beach ban does not apply

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UPDATE: A viewer sent us these photos Sunday of even bigger crowds on the island beaches.

The Governor’s beach ban does not technically apply because Bird Island and Robinson Island do not “abut the Gulf.” Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon said Orange Beach Marine Police and State Marine Police are policing both islands. But WKRG News 5 has received several images from viewers showing people crowded on the beaches. Most viewers tell us they wonder why this is being allowed. Robinson Island is owned by the city. Bird Island is state owned.

ORIGINAL STORY:
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) — Despite the beach ban issued by Governor Kay Ivey, dozens of boaters gathered on the islands in Perdido Pass. The beaches were closed in the middle of spring break with the hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19. From the WKRG Orange Beach Tower cam, you could see the boats on the beach and passengers out in the water and on the beach Friday, one week after Governor Kay Ivey closed all of the state’s beaches.

All beaches will were closed on March 19th at 5:00 p.m. For clarification, the term “beach” means the sandy shoreline area abutting the Gulf of Mexico, whether privately or publicly owned, including beach access points.

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