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Leaders encouraging boaters to stay away from Lake Boca this weekend

'Let's respect our city and our fellow neighbors,' officials say
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Posted at 9:28 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 23:00:33-04

BOCA RATON, Fla. — UPDATE:

City officials issued an emergency order that prohibits recreational boaters from anchoring in Lake Boca.

The order applies to any part of the Intracoastal waterway 500 feet to the north or south of Lake Boca.

The order goes into effect at midnight and runs through Sunday night.

Boca Raton's Silver Palm Park boat ramp is back open to commercial fishermen only.

EARLIER STORY:

Officials said the Boca Bash will not be an official event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, a "Summer Bash" could be taken into consideration once the pandemic is over.

"Please do not participate on Lake Boca this weekend and let's respect our city and our fellow neighbors," said a post on the Boca Bash Facebook page. "We, along with our city officials, are aware that people will still be attempting to gather on their boats, but we can only be hopeful that they will consider the health and wellness of others while on the water."

Boaters who decide to be on the water regardless are asked to follow guidelines in regards to occupancy and distancing.

A town hall meeting with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will take place via Facebook Live Tuesday to discuss further actions in regards to Lake Boca this weekend.