DESTIN — A majority of the City Council on Monday agreed to have a special meeting April 29 to determine whether to provide limited or even “normal” beach hours for beaches in Destin.

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To be on the same page locally, most council members agreed to wait for the Okaloosa County Commission’s decision on Tuesday about the status of beaches within the county’s jurisdiction.

On Tuesday, the commission unanimously agreed to open the beaches in the county’s jurisdiction to the general public from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with all beach activities permitted, starting May 1.

That temporary scenario was suggested by Commissioner Kelly Windes.

Normally, or at least before the COVID-19 crisis began, local beaches are open daily from dawn to dusk.

To try to slow the spread of the disease, beaches in Destin and the county were closed in March.

The City Council on March 20 approved closing public beaches in Destin from March 21 through April 30.

The council’s approval came the day after the County Commission approved closing the county’s public beaches. And on March 24, the commission approved closing all Gulf-front beaches, both public and private, within the county’s jurisdiction.

In March, commissioners had agreed that all of the beaches in the county’s jurisdiction would remain closed through April 30.

At Monday’s council meeting, Councilman Parker Destin said he was comfortable with keeping Destin beaches closed until a potential reopening on May 1 in order not to overwhelm local law enforcement officials or cause other difficulties.

He made a motion to have a special meeting at 6 p.m. April 29 to discuss possible beach hours in Destin.

Councilman Rodney Braden cast the lone “no” vote on waiting until April 29 to decide the fate of Destin beaches. He favored temporarily opening them for two hours each morning and evening, which he said wouldn’t attract swarms of beachgoers.

“I’d like to take the lead on this instead of waiting on someone else,” said Braden, who added that the council could always have a special meeting and close the beaches if a lot of people abused any limited beach-going privilege.

Mayor Gary Jarvis, who does not have general voting power on the board, also leaned toward implementing limited beach hours.

Most people who want to use Destin’s beaches are local residents, not tourists, and those locals have obeyed various social-distancing guidelines, Jarvis said.

“We should reward them,” Jarvis said.