The actions by local politicians is getting out of hand. Closing boat ramps and limiting access to the water is unnecessary in my opinion.
BOAT RAMP CLOSURES
Today I heard that the City of Sarasota (not Sarasota County yet) has decided to close our local boat ramps and a waterfront park that many use for kayaking and paddle boarding. I know that this is not a new development for many in Florida as other municipalities have already done the same. However, I think its overkill because Florida recently implemented a temporary executive order requiring vessels keep at least 50 feet from one another. That would include kayaks and SUP’s.
During this challenging time, the one thing that makes the most sense for social distancing is getting on the water! As long as people are smart and adhere to the rules there’s no reason why the executive order can’t be the only restriction. Closing all boat ramps is complete overkill.
I’m lucky because my community has its own private boat ramp but what about others? How is it fair that people with no access to boat ramps can’t get on the water but people with docks and boat lifts can? It’s not right and discriminates against boaters who trailer their watercraft.
BEST WAY TO SOCIAL DISTANCE
Being on the water via boat, kayak, jet ski or SUP is the best way to social distance in my opinion. It’s the best because you can still be very isolated but have fun doing it. It’s good for the mind, it’s good for the body (exercise), it’s great for the family, and it helps the economy.
I UNDERSTAND IT’S SERIOUS
Before I get chastised for being insensitive please know that I understand the significance of COVID-19 and why we should social distance. I understand that the disease spreads between people who are unaware that they have it. I understand that the main reason why we are instructed to social distance is so the local hospitals aren’t overrun with cases resulting in more complications or deaths. I understand that the actions of boaters partying on sandbars was reckless and likely caused the closures that I am now protesting. However, at the end of the day, getting out on the water is the one of the best ways to social distance. Therefore, closing our access to the water is not the answer.
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