Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has ordered all boat ramps and marinas closed countywide in a further effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Following an earlier directive that allowed the boat ramps and marinas to remain open, the Miami Herald reported the sandbar at Haulover Park was “jampacked despite coronavirus orders.” Municipalities must follow the County orders but can impose stricter measures. On Friday, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber closed the City’s Purdy Boat Ramp in Maurice Gibb Park.
Gimenez also said Miami-Dade Police officers “will be out on the waters, ramping up enforcement of my ‘rafting up’ order to keep large group parties from taking place.”
In the announcement of the closures, he said, “I am disappointed to see photos and videos on social media of boats close together and large groups of people congregating. And, to see this “sandbar party” flier circulating all over South Florida is truly disheartening, but mostly worrisome.”
“We are in a state of emergency, and I cannot stress enough the need for personal responsibility,” he said. “Current guidelines call for gatherings to be limited to groups of 10 or fewer. These sacrifices in our social lives are critical NOW in order to defeat COVID-19. Those of you not following these guidelines are putting others at risk, perhaps your own family and friends. And, you could be contributing to a much longer scenario and further shutdowns in our community.”
The one exception to the order: commercial fishermen who provide food for restaurants and markets. The order also notes, “Marina supply and fueling stations necessary to support commercial fishing purposes may remain open to the extent of such support.”
Gimenez updated order is here.
Photo: Shutterstock, July 2019
All Marinas and Boat Ramps Countywide Now Closed:
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