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Oakland Park Is Re-Opening!

Yesterday, May 11th, Palm Beach County opened with the blessing of Governor Ron DeSantis. When the announcement was made last week, rumors began that Broward and Miami-Dade would re-open soon after. The tentative date that was mentioned was Monday May 18th.

On Saturday May 9th on Facebook, Oakland Park City Mayor, Matt Sparks, confirmed that Broward County Mayors would be convening on Monday May 11th to discuss the re-opening of Broward’s businesses. He told the public on he would update them as soon as he had more information. When the Mayors meeting concluded on Monday, Mayor Sparks posted a Facebook video in which he shared key points discussed in the meeting that lasted nearly two hours.

Mayor Sparks went live on Facebook on Monday May 11 at 6:32pm to update the public on the re-opening.

Oakland Park Is Re-Opening!

Testing has been increasing and the spread is on a downward trajectory, that’s the good news” Sparks began “I am going to say this with a little bit of caution but I can be pretty confident in saying May 18th, Monday, next Monday, it looks like Broward County will be opening up for business. There will be some guidelines for that and the particulars on those guidelines I don’t have as of yet…”

According to Mayor Sparks all the Mayors seemed to be on the same page as far as May 18th but further discussions will be held with the County and the Governor in order to determine the specific guidelines for the re-opening. Sparks noted that he asked these guidelines be issued as Wednesday so that both residents and business owners in Oakland Park could be prepared for Monday. 

Despite re-opening CDC guidelines should still be followed.

Before concluding Mayor Sparks reminded residents that re-opening does not change CDC guidelines for using masks and respecting social distancing. “You are not only saving yourself, you are saving others. Thank you for complying with that…just as soon as I get information from the county, I will get it right back to you“.

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Desiree Avila


Désirée Ávila has called Oakland Park her home for over 33 years. In addition to publishing, Désirée has been featured in print publications, locally and abroad. Désirée was an award winning teacher for 10 years and has a doctoral level education in Educational Technology. She is currently a licensed Florida Realtor® and is committed to a high-level of professionalism.

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