Manatee Public Beach to be gated overnight

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A new gate installed in July at the entrance to the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will be closed nightly beginning Aug. 7.

The gate will swing shut at 11:30 p.m. and reopen at 5 a.m.

According to Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer, the decision to close the beach parking lot at night came after discussions between the HBPD and staff from the Manatee County

Parks and Natural Resources Department on securing the area after posted closing hours.

Signs are posted in the parking lot and on the beach notifying beachgoers of operating hours, sunrise-10 p.m.

Tokajer said the timing of the traffic light near the entrance at Manatee Avenue and Gulf Drive has been adjusted to bring attention to the gate. The light will change from a red-green signal to a flashing red overnight.

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