Sending a Message

I went for a run this morning. I had to take a week off a little while ago due to some compensation issues in my hamstring but I’ve been back running 45 minutes every other day for the last week or so. I’m so, so glad I’m not recovering from surgery right now like I was this time last year. Although it would be self isolation serving a dual purpose, I don’t think I could mentally handle it with everything else going on.

Things keep changing by the hour. Social norms are changing at warp speed.

The Florida beach controversy raged on today. Less than 24 hours after every beach municipality in Pinellas County except City of Clearwater held the line on not closing their beaches, the Pinellas County Commissioners (who can override the cities) held an emergency meeting to address this issue. I watched a good part of the webcast. The Sheriff showed up and spoke against closing the beaches for several reasons. He showed footage demonstrating that crowds had noticeably thinned since last weekend. He then explained that enforcement would be extremely challenging. As any first year law student can tell you, wet sand and nearby coastal waters fall under the jurisdiction of the state. The county can only ban people from dry sand. That, friends, is a huge loophole to swim through. The commission was however unswayed by law or facts and voted unanimously to close the beaches effective 11:59 p.m. Friday. “We want to send a message that we are taking this seriously,” several commissioners said while demonstrating a complete lack of social distancing.

The Pinellas County Commissioners Emergency Meeting on March 19. More than ten people here. Definitely not six feet between them.

Shortly after this meeting concluded, I headed out to the beach for one last legal gathering on dry sand with a few friends. One of the things I have grown to love most here is swimming in the Gulf as the sun sets. For about an hour the world felt like it was back spinning on its correct axis.

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