Published On: Sun, Mar 22nd, 2020

Palm Beach County closes boat ramps and marinas

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With a majority of beaches, restaurants, bars and other venues across Palm Beach County already closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, county officials added to the closures on Sunday with boat ramps and marinas by suspending all recreational boating activities immediately.

These activities the county prohibits until further notice include boat launching, in/out storage activities, and boat rentals. However, “licensed commercial fishermen who provide food for restaurants and markets, commercial marine operations, and support services” are still permitted to operate, according to the county’s website.

As people across the county have continued to gather on sandbars, intercoastal lands, and water-ways, the county thought the closures were necessary to prevent further spread of COVID-19. While this is just a measure taken to  ensure social distancing from one another continues, “marina supply, fueling and service activities [needed] to support commercial fishing and commercial marine operations may continue to operate.”

To enforce these closures and suspended activities, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will be monitoring all waterways. Any questions, comments or concerns can be addressed to the Palm Beach County Public Affairs Office by calling 561-662-7534. 

About the Author

- Justin Baronoff is currently a junior at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. He is pursuing a major in Multimedia Journalism, where he hopes to some day write for major news media publications, such as the New York Times, ESPN, or even Billboard Magazine. In high school, Justin wrote for his high school newspaper for three years where he was a staff reporter for the first two years before becoming the Sports Editor in his final year. At FAU during the first semester of his sophomore year, he began interning for isportsweb.com, where he wrote about and covered his favorite professional football team, the New York Jets, and his favorite professional basketball team, the New York Knicks. Then during his second semester of his sophomore year, he began writing for FAU's student newspaper, the University Press, as a contributing writer. Justin now serves a News Writer Intern for the Boca Raton Tribune.

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