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Thousands In Boca Sign Petition Demanding Golf Courses Reopen As Florida Infection Count Passes 25,000

BOCA RATON, FL ( — You knew this was coming. People are dying. There are 25,492 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida and the number hasn’t yet peaked. But 2,058 Boca-area golfers — as of the posting of this article — have signed a Change.Org petition demanding that Palm Beach County reopen golf courses.

As millions of Americans remain in small homes or apartments in cold weather, trying to get through the day, never count out those who live on Boca-area golf courses who just have to play golf. Never mind the groundskeepers, maintenance people, club managers or other hourly workers who would have to subject themselves to potentially sick golfers.

Doctors are essential workers. Police are essential workers. Golf club staffers are not essential workers.

Keep it classy, Boca!

Here is the spectacular petition language affirming that golf is more important than public safety.

“Golf is an activity that can be easily played while following the CDC distancing guidelines. Governor DeSantis’ Executive order 20-91 lists walking and biking as examples of permissible activities when social distancing guidelines are followed.  Yet, on March 25, 2020 the Palm Beach County Administrator ordered that all public and private golf courses in Palm Beach County be closed indefinitely.

By signing this petition, you confirm you are a Palm Beach County Resident.  You suggest to the above Commissioners that golf is just as much an essential recreational activity as are the Governor’s examples of walking or biking. Therefore, in signing this Petition you ask that the Palm Beach County Commissioners reverse the Administrator’s order and re-open our golf courses. ”

Here is a link to the petition.

Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner on Friday said that executive orders stay in place until there is a consistent decline in the number of new COVID-19 infections in Palm Beach County and the State of Florida.

Governor Ron DeSantis on Saturday ordered that all schools remain closed through the end of the school year.

As much as we want to publish the names of those signing the petition, we’ll let our readers look through the names themselves.


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