Florida Mayor Amends Recreational Boating Ban

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After boaters were seen partying in close proximity on packed sandbars amid the coronavirus outbreak, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez immediately banned all recreational boating activities.

He closed all marinas, marine supply stores, boat ramps and fuel docks in the county and sent the Miami-Dade police out on the water to shut down any parties. The only exception he made was for commercial fishing operations.

On Tuesday, however, the mayor signed a revision that allows Miami-Dade marinas to remain open for people living on boats, and for people tending to emergency repairs and other urgent needs. Marinas, boat ramps, fuel docks and supply stores may remain open for people who live on boats, people removing their vessels from the water or performing “emergency maintenance,” and for people returning from international voyages on their boats.

You can read more about it in this Miami Herald story.