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Old 03-30-2020, 07:13 PM
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"S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the stateís beaches and waterways closed to the public, amid concerns crowds enjoying the warm weather could further spread the coronavirus."

ďAs a result of behavior observed this past weekend by the Department of Natural Resources and SLED, it has become necessary to close public access to our stateís beaches, and close boat ramps and landings on our stateís lakes, rivers and waterways,Ē

https://www.thestate.com/news/coronavirus/article241634416.html

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03-31-2020, 05:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Drew46 View Post
That all depends on why those 10 people are not social distancing during the week. I am not saying there isn't a scenario where that is unavoidable (maybe you are all firefighters working the same shifts), but it might help if you gave more color on "have no choice". I all 10 of you are effectively self-quarantining as a group, then I can see no reason why all or part of that group can't go out on your boat. But you have to acknowledge that the optics suck without more info.
family owed manufacturing business. Staying away from one another = going out of business. Permanently. Half the people in the boat work in the business daily. The other half live with us (spouses).

my point is the optics are none of anybody’s business. Not the governments, not other boaters....nobody’s. The same folks casting judgment about the optics have zero clue how many very significant measures have been taken by that same group of 10 to insure that about 50 other families can continue to have food on the table, now, and going forward.
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I expect the same to happen in NC sooner than later. After the crowds this past weekend beached at Shack I'm surprised a declaration hasn't happened already.

The weather forecast for this coming weekend looks good for another rush to the coast.

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I'm in SWFL and I can tell you first hand people are not taking this matter seriously. I see boat after boat with 8 - 10 - 12 people on it with absolutely no concern about social distancing. But I also watched the national news and saw them loading body bags containing dead bodies into refrigerated trailers. Wise up people, this is no joke.
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Old 03-30-2020, 07:43 PM
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My local ramp south of Myrtle Beach was a zoo yesterday. I was surprised to hear they are closed until I thought of the rafting up crowd.
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Washington closed all recreational fishing and clamming already, because idiots can't stop crowding river banks.
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To clarify, does this mean fresh water or does it cover lakes and the harbor, Intracoastal, ocean, etc? Thank goodness for private boat ramps and docks if so. I follow the rules of limited number of people on my boat and distancing. You morons that were all having a beach party this Friday - Sunday at all the hot anchoring/ sandbars spots can sit at home now and cough on one another.
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Originally Posted by tarpononecharter View Post
I'm in SWFL and I can tell you first hand people are not taking this matter seriously. I see boat after boat with 8 - 10 - 12 people on it with absolutely no concern about social distancing. But I also watched the national news and saw them loading body bags containing dead bodies into refrigerated trailers. Wise up people, this is no joke.
what difference does headcount on a private boat make? I had 10 on my folks tri-toon, and 6 on my dual console this weekend. All people involved are around each other regardless of being on the boat or not. Limiting headcount on boats is asinine. I canít help or change the fact fact that I work with family 5 days a week. Itís literally none of the states business if I continue to have contact with them throughout the weekend. Arbitrary numbers are just that, arbitrary. And dumb.
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Evidence that the saying " You can"t fix STOOPID" is so very sadly correct!
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Oh my god, I can't believe what I just read. I now know what Darwin meant with Survival of the Fittest.
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Originally Posted by tarpononecharter View Post
Oh my god, I can't believe what I just read. I now know what Darwin meant with Survival of the Fittest.
so people are idiots if they hang out with the same people on the weekend that that have no choice but to hang out with during the week? Good to know.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
so people are idiots if they hang out with the same people on the weekend that that have no choice but to hang out with during the week? Good to know.
That all depends on why those 10 people are not social distancing during the week. I am not saying there isn't a scenario where that is unavoidable (maybe you are all firefighters working the same shifts), but it might help if you gave more color on "have no choice". I all 10 of you are effectively self-quarantining as a group, then I can see no reason why all or part of that group can't go out on your boat. But you have to acknowledge that the optics suck without more info.
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Originally Posted by Drew46 View Post
That all depends on why those 10 people are not social distancing during the week. I am not saying there isn't a scenario where that is unavoidable (maybe you are all firefighters working the same shifts), but it might help if you gave more color on "have no choice". I all 10 of you are effectively self-quarantining as a group, then I can see no reason why all or part of that group can't go out on your boat. But you have to acknowledge that the optics suck without more info.
family owed manufacturing business. Staying away from one another = going out of business. Permanently. Half the people in the boat work in the business daily. The other half live with us (spouses).

my point is the optics are none of anybody’s business. Not the governments, not other boaters....nobody’s. The same folks casting judgment about the optics have zero clue how many very significant measures have been taken by that same group of 10 to insure that about 50 other families can continue to have food on the table, now, and going forward.

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Hope the ramps donít close in Georgia (ICW). Itís just me and my family, no other friends on our boat since this whole thing started. That would suck if they took our boat time away.
I have noticed an insane number of people at the ramp, though. We are usually one of the only ones there, and now my little boat ramp is packed with all parking spaces taken up. Itís not a party crowd here that Iíve seen, just individual boats cruising or fishing.
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Ugh, yes, I hope this doesn't cause other states to follow suit
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Closing ramps and waterways is WAY on the over-reaction side. Monitoring the crowds at sandbars is within reason.
Also, there is the weekend vs weekday crowds, but some of these government idiots have not figured that out.
They make rules based on worse case scenarios which could be avoided with just a little planning. But they are not that smart.
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I spent some time on the water Saturday and Sunday. It looked like the 4th of July out there. And I kept seeing the same DNR boat driving around looking at everyone... UGH
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I am pretty sure only the public ramps are closed except for commercial business, not the waterways here in SC. Private ramps, marinas, private docks etc are still usable at least for now
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Originally Posted by swater View Post
I am pretty sure only the public ramps are closed except for commercial business, not the waterways here in SC. Private ramps, marinas, private docks etc are still usable at least for now
Well that's great. Hopefully this will eliminate those who were the issue this past weekend. I'll be damn if I'm going to pay for the actions of a bunch of ignorant ass adults/ teens who ruin it for everyone. I hate it for those who are responsible but have no other way to get on the water besides a public ramp. Right now getting on the water is one of the things we look forward to most
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
what difference does headcount on a private boat make? I had 10 on my folks tri-toon, and 6 on my dual console this weekend. All people involved are around each other regardless of being on the boat or not. Limiting headcount on boats is asinine. I canít help or change the fact fact that I work with family 5 days a week. Itís literally none of the states business if I continue to have contact with them throughout the weekend. Arbitrary numbers are just that, arbitrary. And dumb.
Sooooo: You must be absolutely, positively, 110% sure that ALL- every one of your family-workmates has not and will not come within 6 feet or touch anything that has been touched by a non-family-workmate! Because if even ONE of them- God forbid, Please- comes in contact with an infected person or object harboring the virus, you are assuring that ALL of you are at serious risk AND you are subjecting whatever customers you THINK you are helping to the virus AND anyone they come in contact with! Why do you not understand that?? Why do you think major companies are shutting down?
I think you know all of this but you either think you are invincible OR you just don't care. If you are not part of the solution - - YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM !
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