City of Boca Raton Implores Residents Not to Gather in Lake Boca

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Photo courtesy of the City of Boca Raton

The City of Boca Raton, recently re-elected Mayor Scott Singer, and the City of Boca Police Department all took to social media this weekend to implore residents to refrain from gathering in large groups in the Intracoastal Waterway.

Amidst closures of many restaurants and businesses in Boca Raton and surrounding areas, Lake Boca in the Intracoastal Waterway has remained a popular gathering place for boat parties. Gatherings of more than ten people are being strongly discouraged by local and state governments, as well as the White House, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

As noted by all three entities in their statements via social media, the Intracoastal Waterway, which includes Lake Boca, is governed by the State of Florida, and the Boca Raton Police Department does not have jurisdiction over state waters.

Update: Palm Beach County has now banned all recreational boating indefinitely.

See below for social media statements from the City, the Mayor, and the Police Department.

While Lake Boca Raton has always served as a social gathering spot for many boaters, and will again, now is not the time…

Posted by City of Boca Raton, FL Government on Sunday, March 22, 2020

It deeply concerns me to see photos like this, and I received quite a few of Lake Boca today. Let me put it bluntly….

Posted by Mayor Scott Singer on Saturday, March 21, 2020

Last week, the City of Boca Raton declared a state of emergency and closed all city facilities, including parks, beaches, libraries, and community centers. For a list of last week’s most significant coronavirus-related developments, click here.