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PHOTO GALLERY: A Wet, Windy Memorial Day In Fort Lauderdale

Along Fort Lauderdale Beach, heading north on State Road A1A, few joggers and pairs of walking partners braved the gray clouds, stong wind and the pelting rain on Monday. 

Memorial Day is usually a day off of work for many, and it's to honor members of the U.S. Armed Forces, that gave their lives to protect American freedoms. 


This year, the long weekend that kicks off the start of summer - looks a lot different. 


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Few people wore masks while dining-in at restaurants along the popular tourist area Las Olas Boulevard. This year's Memorial Day coincided with the phase one reopening of the economy during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

As police cars guard the barricaded beach, diners were taking cover in the middle of the day at restaurants along Las Olas Blvd., like outside at Ann's Florist & Coffee Bar, El Camino, and La Bonne Crepe. Some walked the boulevard with golf umbrellas over their heads - most didn't. And the rain picked up significantly after 2 p.m.

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There were no city-sanctioned Memorial Day ceremonies this year. Over the even-wetter weekend, there was no staple Great American Beach Party for people to congregate and listen to concerts on Fort Lauderdale Beach. The beaches in Broward County are set to open Tuesday, May 26, with Miami-Dade County following suit June 1. 

The traffic cones that A1A and its neighbor, Las Olas Blvd., share mark lanes closed to cars. It's an effort to allow more space for pedestrians to keep a social distance from each other as they start to re-visit the shops, restaurants, and sidewalks popular for running with a view - though A1A is only guaranteed one closed lane through the end of the day Monday.   

WLRN wants to know are you headed to the beaches as soon as they open? Or will you plan to wait and size-up the crowds first? Send us an email with your thoughts at: talktous@wlrnnews.org 

Caitie Muñoz, formerly Switalski, currently leads the WLRN Newsroom as Interim Managing Editor. Prior to transitioning to leadership from production, Caitie reported on news and stories concerning quality of life in Broward County and its municipalities for WLRN News for four years.