CORONAVIRUS: BOATERS ALREADY BEHAVING BADLY, PBSO WARNS

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Courtesy “Lake Boca Cam” at 12:55 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Violations appear to be few in Boca Raton, but reports are apparently being made about boaters countywide. Violations *could* require a re-closure of all boating activity in Palm Beach County.

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — BocaNewsNow.com is fielding calls and emails now from Palm Beach County residents saying that boaters are already violating the “relaxing” of restrictions — a relaxation that doesn’t even start until Wednesday. While violations appear to few on Lake Boca, there are apparently issues across the county.

Under the guidelines that take effect 12:01 Wednesday morning, recreational boating resumes but there are major restrictions and rules.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, potentially aware of the alleged violations being observed by area residents, just re-issued this “reminder” of the rules that must be followed.



Marine Activities that are PROHIBITED per Emergency Order 2020-005


ALL SANDBARS, ISLANDS and SHORELINES are CLOSED… NO ANCHORING

To include Peanut Island, Munyon Islands, Beer Can Island and Jupiter Sandbars.

NO Rafting or Flotillas of tying or roping of boats together. All vessels MUST be 50 feet away from each other.

If vessels anchor in deeper water, they MUST be 50 feet away from each other.

Any Jet Skiers must be SINGLE Riders Only

Any violation or non-compliance can lead up to an Arrest/Civil Fine and your vessel being towed.

These guidelines are in place for the safety of Palm Beach County’s boating community.


County leaders and Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw that unquestionably, just a few violators can “ruin it for everyone” and require a recreation ban to be reestablished.


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