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Old 03-28-2020, 06:38 AM
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Couldn't agree more and the link you sent was very helpful to email all of the commissioners at once, thanks!
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Old 03-28-2020, 10:56 AM
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Car accidents kill 1.25 million people a year. Are the roads closed? We are trying to stop the spread of the virus by closing the ramps because of a few dummies? The aging healthcare system and this everyone needs to be tested is the real issue. For all we know about the virus (and it’s not that much) is nearly everyone could have it. This thing has been spreading and will continue to spread, until a vaccine is made available. Closing boat ramps is not the answer. Flatten the curve? Give me a break. This is the US of freakin A not communist China. Why is common sense lacking in so many people today? Email these county goons and tell them is the not the way.
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Old 03-28-2020, 03:17 PM
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My biggest problem with the closures is that it doesn't stop boating, it just stops those who can't afford waterfront properties with boat docks/lifts from boating. It's not at all egalitarian. However, if you stop people congregating on sandbars you stop it for everyone - that's very fair. And then you leave the ocean open for all of us, and there's plenty of space out there to keep our distance from each other.
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Originally Posted by ukadrianj View Post
My biggest problem with the closures is that it doesn't stop boating, it just stops those who can't afford waterfront properties with boat docks/lifts from boating. It's not at all egalitarian. However, if you stop people congregating on sandbars you stop it for everyone - that's very fair. And then you leave the ocean open for all of us, and there's plenty of space out there to keep our distance from each other.
But the idiots are not leaving space.

Go boat and stay off the sand bars and beaches and we wouldn't be where we are at this moment.

I will not post a picture of what I saw today around Anclote key and the boat ramp in Pasco county.

I am sure a news chopper will take care of that. Absolute chaos! F'n idiots!

I think most that are complaining are just complaining because they haven't seen the shit show with their own eyes. This stuff is getting worse by the day with the actions of boaters. Worse than any holiday weekend I have ever seen.

And before any of you give me crap about being out I did not come in contact with a damn soul among the masses. Actually, way less than my last trip to the grocery store.

I walked down the ramp to the dock and did not touch a damn thing but the throttles.

I am fairly sure they will close the marina and I will not have any access just from the behavior of the idiots.
Old 03-28-2020, 05:54 PM
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Why not force FWC and local sheriffs to enforce the,rules. I know the county commissioners are not unanimously in favor of the ramp closure.
so now the only people that can boat are people that are wealthy that have a boat behind their house on a lift or in a marina, it's freaking ridiculous. !!!!! Great analogy they see a bunch of people hanging out in a park that drove there , so now they're going to close all the streets and the interstates? Not.
I took our Calcutta 48 out today on the Manatee River and ran out into Tampa Bay to get some data on our propellers .boats everywhere nobody clustered up but obviously every boat on the water out there had access to the water because of privilege.
I did not see one Sheriff's boat and did not see one FWC boat anywhere in 2 hours.
but the ramp was blocked off with the big water truck and there was two FWC guys sitting in their truck all freaking day long.
Old 03-28-2020, 06:11 PM
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We were out today as well, found a spot out of the wind along with about 20 or so other boats. There were only 2 pairs of boats rafted up and one of those pairs appeared to be teens of the same family.

Everyone else 30-50 feet apart, or more, and not socializing with other groups.

You would have thought there was a LEO hanging around there but the only presence we saw all day were the FWC guys at the ramps.
Old 03-29-2020, 05:29 AM
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I wasn’t on the water yesterday, but I did drive by a two ramps while I was out running errands and visiting family. Both ramps had people at them fishing from the docks, using picnic tables, or just hanging out together in the parking lot. Everyone was closer to each other than 50 feet. One ramp had a sheriff’s deputy parked in the lot while folks were tailgating. For the record, I have no problem with any of the above actions by any of the people present at the ramp.

Based on the enforcement (or lack thereof), this ramp closure seems to be less about ensuring people keep their distance and more about keeping boats off the water, or more specifically, off the sand bars.

Publix is packed and doing business as usual (other than being out of toilet paper). The liquor store is busy. Take out from restaurants is doing a booming business. Hardware stores the same. The parks are still open and people are out walking the trails People are out and about and interacting with each other. As other posters have pointed out in this thread and others, if the goal is to keep people away from each other, they’re not doing a very good job of it.
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Was on the water yesterday.. Left the house early to beat the boat ramp rush. Went out to Egmont Key and anchored a little deeper that I normally do. Since I was the first one there spoke to the Ranger who was patrolling the beach. He was really nice and felt bad about telling people that they could not use the beach. He said as long as you are knee deep you are ok. By the time we left 2ish it was packed but most if not all were heeding the social distancing rule. That said, I have never seen more boats out in my life... Not Memorial Day, Not July 4th, Not Labor Day. The water (driving back to the ramp via the IC) was a total shit-show. The boat wake waves in PG pass felt like solid 3ft chop. Coming north up the skyway channel towards Oniell's I counted 9 boats behind me in a train. I could not believe it, everyone who owns a boat was out yesterday.. Anyway, just feeling blessed we have places to go like that during this time. I can't imagine sitting in a house with 3 kids and nothing to do but stair at the walls.

whoa - the west wind kicked up.. but thats for a different thread.

Be safe my friends,

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I put in near my house in south st pete, headed out through bunces pass to egmont around 11. Bunces everyone was distanced. Got to egmont and everyone was distanced. Late in the afternoon 3 idiots came and parked next to us and almost were rafted up. We had been there for 3 hours and decided to move so when the police came past we didn't get roped into their party.

other than that group of idiots who went on the beach and left a bunch of trash that we picked up, everyone was playing it safe and apart. We saw a lot of police out as well.

very glad to have places to run to and a boat to get out on.
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Idiots out there ruining it for everyone.

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We headed out yesterday morning and anchored at the sandbar behind Jewfish Key for several hours and had it pretty much to ourselves for most of the time were were there. When we left we went by Jewfish and it was busy, but most boats were decently spread out, not near as packed together as it usually is. We then ran up the Manatee River and picked up some lunch to go from Woody's. And Bergertime is right, the west wind really picked up when we were heading back to Cortez. We've never seen so many boats out either, it seemed busier than most holiday weekends. And we didn't see the first law enforcement boat, which was surprising.

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passage key 3/28 about noonish

Old 03-29-2020, 10:40 AM
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That looks ok to me. Boats are mostly 50' apart and people are spaced out.
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Make sure if you go out you bring your tape measure. Wouldn't want any of the naysayers to criticize you for being 49 feet apart. WTF came up with 50ft? Where do these people get these numbers from? The CDC says 6 feet, not 50.
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Originally Posted by tcijoe View Post

passage key 3/28 about noonish
Great perspective, thanks! When looking horizontally boats almost always look like their piled up. Did you see any other enforcement types other than the Sheriff?
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Sad days,

Public marinas also closed down in Stuart, FL area but we took the boat out yesterday via a friend's neighborhood/private ramp.

Smooth cruising,

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Originally Posted by Tampa Bay Boater View Post
Great perspective, thanks! When looking horizontally boats almost always look like their piled up. Did you see any other enforcement types other than the Sheriff?
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I saw FWC making several trips north and south west of Egmont early. Looks like they were in a hurry to get there. Did not see them interacting with anyone near us.. But like I said, people were be respectful and mindful of the new regs.
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I was on the northeast corner of egmont today. Other than the people walking on shore, some with stupid dogs, everyone stayed 50 feet apart.
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my neighbor spent Saturday night on the hook at passage. he said the only interaction was a conversation he had with FWC asking what happens when some one anchors close to him.
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I ran from Snead Island to Longboat Pass in the ICW and saw a good number of boats on the water. Like Tampa Bay Boater pointed out, Jewfish was busy and I noticed the folks anchored there seemed to be playing by the new rules. There was no one at Beer Can which goes to show me that people will follow the rules closing that beach and the guidelines from FWC. It appears the ramp closure is overkill since that was the area it was meant to address.

What surprised me as I rode back up Anna Maria on the outside was the number of people on the beach. For being closed, the beaches looked pretty busy. I motored up and asked some people in the water if they'd seen anyone patrolling the beach; they had not.

I didn't head over there but Passage Key looked as busy as always as I rounded Bean Point. MCSO was headed out there on their marked Intrepid. There were people out at 59th and at Kingfish using the docks and hanging out.

Long story short, the people on the docks and the beach were closer to one another than anyone on the water that I saw during my day.

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