Destin, FL. – The City of Destin, Florida is continuing to monitor the progression of COVID-19 across the country and, in particular, Okaloosa County. It is paramount to remember that as of the date of this Notice there is one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Okaloosa County. The community must remain strong, level-headed, and pragmatic under these circumstances, which remain fluid. Rest assured that City officials remain vigilant and prepared to react in the event of a spread of the COVID-19.
It is also important to remain proactive while balancing the rights of the public with the potential dangers to the public that meeting in a public setting presents. Therefore, after careful consultation with City staff, the City’s attorneys, and public health officials, we have decided that the City will institute special measures relating to the March 16, Regular Destin City Council Meeting.
First, the meeting will proceed as scheduled. While we recognize that caution must be exercised in meetings of large groups of people, this caution must be balanced against the public’s right to be heard. To this end, the following measures will be implemented:
In addition to these special measures, all members of the public are encouraged to engage in safe and healthy living practices as described by health organizations across the world. By utilizing these practices, we can all truly help each other and reduce risk. These practices include:
This is a unique time and due to these unique circumstances, the special measures described above must be implemented to reduce the public’s risk. This City and community will face this challenge as it always has —prudently, attentively, and thoughtfully. We look forward to receiving your written comments and documents.