Boca Inlet Beach Area [The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office patrols this section of the beach near Boca Inlet. Apparently no one cares that these beachgoers are sitting next to each other on a closed beach.]

CORONAVIRUS: Where Are The Police? Beachgoers Congregate, Cops Don’t Care

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South Palm Beach County Beach Enforcement Seems To Be Largely Non-Existent

Boca Inlet Beach Area
[Apparently no one cares that these beachgoers are sitting next to each other on a closed beach. Photo taken May 7, 2020, according to reader].

UPDATE: PBSO Says the beach in question is absolutely Boca Raton Police territory and not PBSO.

BOCA RATON, FL ( — Readers calling and sending photos to want to know why the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Highland Beach Police are apparently ignoring people congregating, playing, and sunning themselves on the beach.

In the area of Boca Inlet — which is patrolled by PBSO and not Boca Raton Police — and Highland Beach, which has its own force, beachgoers are ignoring the orders to stay off of the beach, and it seems law enforcement couldn’t care less.

[Beachgoers in Highland Beach. The Town website affirms beaches are closed].

We reached out to Highland Beach Police Chief Craig Hartmann — he has hasn’t responded to our inquiry. The Highland Beach website makes it clear that “Beaches, Public and Private Are Closed.”

As for PBSO, the “looking the other way” approach seems to directly contradict Sheriff Ric Bradshaw’s assertion that order violators face citations and arrest.

In Boca Raton, police say they are constantly patrolling five miles of beach.

While there is a push from the Palm Beach County Commission to approve permission from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to reopen beaches, it hasn’t yet happened, meaning photos like the photos you see here are proof of executive order violations.


Paul Saperstein


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