Palm Beach County Bans All Recreational Boating Indefinitely

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Photo courtesy of the City of Boca Raton

As recently as yesterday, boaters were using Lake Boca in the Intracoastal Waterway to get together in large groups, and city officials were not happy about it.

After the City of Boca Raton had to implore residents not to gather in large groups for boat parties in waters controlled by the state, changes have been made at the county level to prevent such actions.

In a news release on Sunday, the county stated “effective immediately, all boat ramps and marinas will be closed to all recreational boating activities to include boat launching, in/out storage activities, and boat rentals in Palm Beach County until further notice.”

“Closures are being ordered in Palm Beach County and counties to the south to prevent large group gatherings and to protect the health of residents during this emergency. Current guidelines call for gatherings to be limited to groups of 10 or fewer with social distancing of six feet apart. These actions are necessary to slow the community spread of COVID-19.”

Commercial fishing, commercial marine operations, and support services will be permitted to continue regular operations.

In the statement, the county continues that “Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies will be enforcing the closures and monitoring waterways.”

To read the full statement from Palm Beach County, click here.

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.