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Old 03-24-2020, 03:55 PM
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https://www.mysuncoast.com/2020/03/2...sday/BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - After announcing last week that all of the public beaches were closing, Manatee County officials announced Tuesday morning during an emergency meeting that public boat ramps would also be closing.

Beaches in Manatee County closed to the public at 6am last Friday, March 20. Public boat ramps will close beginning at 6am Thursday. Beer Can Island will also close to the public.
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was only a matter of time. Was out last weekend and all of the local hang outs were packed.
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Ugh! There goes the one thing I wanted to do. I wonder when Pinellas will shut down.
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I wonder how they're going to enforce that at ramps that aren't gated?
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by towing your truck that is in the parking lot with a trailer attached to it....just a hunch.
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Originally Posted by tcijoe View Post
by towing your truck that is in the parking lot with a trailer attached to it....just a hunch.
Yeah - that's what I was thinking. It's really the only way.
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What I have been telling my sales team is, "now is the time to be creative." Perhaps a marina with a fork truck will launch it for you. Or maybe a private marina like Cuts Edge next to the yacht club.
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Back in. Drop the boat in the water. Go park the truck/trailer at a friends house.
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Originally Posted by tcijoe View Post
What I have been telling my sales team is, "now is the time to be creative." Perhaps a marina with a fork truck will launch it for you. Or maybe a private marina like Cuts Edge next to the yacht club.
Your boat might get Corona virus at Cuts Edge.
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Your boat might get Corona virus at Cuts Edge.
I used to keep a boat there years ago and it was a crusty place then. I can't imagine it's improved much.
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I used to keep a boat there years ago and it was a crusty place then. I can't imagine it's improved much.
I kept my boat there for a bit. Compounded and waxed my boat and dropped it off. The next weekend I want to go out and my boats not there. Found it under a tree that dropped berries all over it staining everything. Good times .
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I stopped by the 59th Street ramp yesterday morning on my into the office. Code enforcement guys were there closing the ramp and they said the closure was “indefinite” and was meant to “send a message” to the boaters who hang out at Beer Can and Jewfish Key. That struck me as a little messed up so I looked into it.

The closure order was was issued by the director of public safety. He is on record with with the board of county commissioners saying the closure is meant to “curb public gatherings” on the water. In effect, the vast majority of boaters in the county are being punished because he thinks the situation at Longboat Pass is a problem.

By law, the emergency declarations the county commission is operating under only last a week, so they have to meet each week to renew them. The last meeting was 3/24 so the next emergency meeting should be 3/31 or 4/1. They aren’t updating the calendar on the county website, so it’s hard to tell. If you think the total closure is overkill, be sure to let your county commissioner know before the next meeting. I’d post the link to their email addresses, but i can’t do that until I have 10 posts. If you would like the link, message me privately and I’ll send it to you.
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Originally Posted by ukadrianj View Post
Yeah - that's what I was thinking. It's really the only way.
At 59th, they placed concrete barricades at the top of the ramp to block them. I haven’t seen the other ramps.
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I wonder how many people will just tow over the skyway and launch in pinellas this weekend.
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Originally Posted by trustafari View Post
I stopped by the 59th Street ramp yesterday morning on my into the office. Code enforcement guys were there closing the ramp and they said the closure was “indefinite” and was meant to “send a message” to the boaters who hang out at Beer Can and Jewfish Key. That struck me as a little messed up so I looked into it.

The closure order was was issued by the director of public safety. He is on record with with the board of county commissioners saying the closure is meant to “curb public gatherings” on the water. In effect, the vast majority of boaters in the county are being punished because he thinks the situation at Longboat Pass is a problem.

By law, the emergency declarations the county commission is operating under only last a week, so they have to meet each week to renew them. The last meeting was 3/24 so the next emergency meeting should be 3/31 or 4/1. They aren’t updating the calendar on the county website, so it’s hard to tell. If you think the total closure is overkill, be sure to let your county commissioner know before the next meeting. I’d post the link to their email addresses, but i can’t do that until I have 10 posts. If you would like the link, message me privately and I’ll send it to you.
Send me the email addresses.
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Originally Posted by capt. kidd View Post
I wonder how many people will just tow over the skyway and launch in pinellas this weekend.
Probably a pretty good number unless the situation in Pinellas changes. And that's the ironic thing; Manatee County is reporting 25 cases of the virus. Pinellas is reporting 65. By closing our ramps to stop the spread, it'll wind up sending some people into a county with more cases to use the ramps in that jurisdiction.
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Originally Posted by capt. kidd View Post
I wonder how many people will just tow over the skyway and launch in pinellas this weekend.
Maximo will be a zoo....
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Maximo will be a zoo....
And Guess what? The next closure. As the pond shrinks the more crowded it will get for the minnows.

People need to stay the f home!
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Originally Posted by ukadrianj View Post
Maximo will be a zoo....
it already was a zoo prior to manatee closing.
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With the FWC order declaring gathered vessels a navigational hazard and a hazard to public health, there exists a tool for the powers that be to address their stated concerns in a way that doesn’t require shutting down the ramps. If they don’t want people rafting up, then they need to address that and not everyone else on the water who isn’t rafting up.

Even though I worry about the second and third order effects of the FWC order, this is a development that can be used to persuade the board to re open the ramps. If you want the ramps open, email your commissioners. If they don’t hear from you, they won’t do anything.


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