Boat ramps and public parks closed for now

Effective March 25, Palm Beach County closed all public and private golf courses, parks and natural areas within its borders, including those inside municipalities, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The action followed a March 22 order closing all boat ramps and marinas to recreational boaters. Also, islands, sandbars and Intracoastal Waterway lands were prohibited for use by the public.

The emergency order was amended the next day to cover any other venues utilized for launching vessels to be used for recreational purposes, “including but not limited to fishing charters, boat tours, diving excursions, and the like.” The closures will remain in effect “until further notice.” 

Licensed commercial fishermen, commercial marine operations and support services were permitted to operate.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies were enforcing the closures.

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