October 25, 2021

Miami Dade & Palm Beach Counties to reopen Boat Ramps, Marinas, Parks (but not beaches)

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Lets lead with the important stuff (boating) right here in Miami Dade…Miami boat ramps open as well as golf courses, parks, and marinas on Wednesday.

Allowed Activities

  • Boating (boats, kayaks and canoes must remain 50 feet apart at all times)
  • Charter vessels
  • Passengers (must be boarded before launch)
  • Miami Boat Ramps open
  • Single boat launches only (vessels must be prepared in advanced, one per ramp)
  • Bait and tackle, fuel docks open
  • Jet ski rental (single riders only)
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Fishing piers
  • Restrooms
  • Boats 25′ or less: Four adults maximum, plus children. Maximum of eight on the boat.
  • Boats 26′-36′: Six adults maximum, plus children. Maximum of 10 on the boat.
  • Boats 37’+: Eight adults maximum, plus children. Maximum of 10 on the boat.
  • No boat shall exceed the maximum capacity of persons per “maximum capacity label.” Children must be 17 and under.
  • Boat ramps will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
  • One boat per launch ramp will be permitted at a time
  • Vessels must be prepared in advance to launch (plug secured, dock lines tied, safety equipment and provisions already onboard)
  • All passengers must board the vessel before it is launched
  • Upon returning to the dock, all passengers must remain on the vessel until the boat is ready to be loaded unto the trailer. Once loaded, the passenger(s) shall return to their vehicle(s) and exit the launch facility
  • Kayak/canoe launch areas are open. Users should follow CDC social distancing guidelines

Not Allowed

  • Tying up, including Stiltsville
  • Rafting
  • Anchoring, including no anchoring in the shallow sandbars (e.g., Haulover Sandbar, Nixon Beach Sandbar, Sands Cut Sandbar and others)
  • Beaching (no beaching of boats on Monument Island, Sandspur Island AKA “Beer Can Island,” Pace Picnic Island or others
  • Landings

From the Mayor:

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has announced emergency orders that allows all parks, marinas and golf courses to reopen Wednesday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a news conference at Tropical Park on Monday, Gimenez said the rules in the emergency order will follow recommendations made by medical experts.

This comes after a week where local and state leaders worked with various task forces focused on brainstorming ideas on how to get the economic engines up and running.

According to Gimenez, the county will hire more than 400 people who were put out of work by the coronavirus outbreak to help enforce social distancing measures at parks.

Some of the employees will be comprised of former security workers from Hard Rock Stadium and the American Airlines Arena, as well as public school crossing guards.

All parks may be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for limited activity use by individuals and families, as permitted by and following current CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines. In addition to all parks, the following facilities will be open: Deering Estate (open space only), Fruit & Spice Park, Trail Glades Range, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Vizcaya (gardens only).

THE RULES:

  • Facial coverings must be worn.
  • Seniors can use parks any time and have priority and access two hours in early morning, three times a week: from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at designated parks.
  • All passive uses of a park are allowed if social distancing is maintained, EXCEPT table games, picnics, and parties are not allowed.
  • No groups of 10 or more will be allowed.
  • Activities that are allowed include walking, hiking, jogging, running, walking, skating, cycling.
  • Individual sports skill practice includes: basketball (3 people per half court), solo racquetball, tennis (singles only).
  • Golf, boating and nature trail walks are allowed.
  • Restrooms will be open and there will be an attendant to monitor social distancing. They will be cleaned no less than once every two hours with CDC approved products. Restroom use shall be one person or one family at a time.
  • Prohibited amenities include: bike racks, playgrounds and exercise equipment, dog parks, recreation buildings, table games, camping, picnic shelters, gyms, campgrounds, skate parks, splashpads and swimming pools, mechanical attractions and food concessions.
  • Beaches are NOT opening at this time including Causeways, Haulover, Crandon, Atoll beach pools at Matheson Hammock, Homestead Bayfront Park, Crandon Park and Haulover Park are also closed.
  • All sports field lighting will remain off.
  • Rental concessions will remain closed, except for jet skis and kayaks that can be rented in marinas and must sanitize jet skis and kayaks between use.

The following facilities will remain closed:

  • Zoo Miami
  • Amelia Earhart Park (closed due to testing for Covid-19)

Read more here on Miami Dade’s website

Palm Beach County

And in Palm Beach County: “At 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday of this week, the county will have an order executed opening up different facets of our recreational activities here in Palm Beach County,” said Mayor Dave Kerner at a news conference on Monday.

PUBLIC PARKS

On Wednesday, public parks in the county will reopen from sunrise to sunset for walking, running, strolling, biking, and equestrian riding. In addition, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding, and bicycle rentals will be permitted as long as physical distancing can be practiced.

All park playgrounds, picnic pavilions, campgrounds, dog parks, skate parks, field sports, organized sports, recreational buildings, gymnasiums, and concession stands will remain closed.

Basketball courts in county parks will be open for individual practice only. Only three players per half court are allowed, and competitive team games are prohibited.

Tennis and pickle ball courts will be open open for singles play only, and racquetball courts will be open for individual practice only.

GOLF COURSES

Public and private golf courses will be allowed to reopen on Wednesday. Play will be set up for walking, single-rider golf carts, or shared carts for families living in the same household.

Practice facilities, clubhouses, locker rooms, and pro shops will remain closed.

All league, clinic, camp, youth, and other organized activities will remain suspended

BOATING

Marinas, boat docks, boat ramps, and any other venues used for launching any vessels will reopen on Wednesday.

Boats must remain 50 feet apart at all times, boats cannot link to one another, and no gatherings of more than 10 people will be allowed.

Beaching, landings, anchoring, or mooring on sandbars, islands, and open shorelines will be prohibited.

In addition, the following limitations will be placed on boaters:

  • Boats 25 feet or less: four adult passengers maximum
  • Boats 26 feet to 36 feet: six adult passengers maximum
  • Boats 37 feet to 60 feet: eight adult passengers maximum
  • Boats over 60 feet: 10 adult passengers maximum, not including crew members

In terms of community pools, pool capacity will be limited, and seating on pool decks will be restricted.

Now that Miami Boat Ramps open on Wednesday, the next question becomes…when will the beaches open.

Now that things are opening back up keep an eye out for our friends from Wavy Boats as they film the boat traffic at Haulover Inlet!