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State installs 'no fishing' signs at Blue Heron Bridge, Riviera Beach officials say

City says they weren't notified of decision
Blue Heron Boulevard Bridge in Riviera Bridge
Posted at 6:42 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 11:30:16-05

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — The city of Riviera Beach was apparently caught off guard by new "no fishing" signs installed on a portion of the Blue Heron Boulevard Bridge.

The bridge, which connects the mainland to Singer Island, is a popular spot for fishermen to cast their rod and reel along the Intracoastal Waterway.

City officials tweeted Monday that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection placed the signs on the eastern portion of the bridge.

However, the FDEP later said the signs were actually put up by the Florida Department of Transportation and not their agency.

It's unclear when the signs were placed at the location.

According to the tweet, city officials in Riviera Beach are now "thoroughly investigating" the matter.

Almost two years ago the state stopped allowing the collection and removal of tropical fish at the Blue Heron Bridge and nearby Phil Foster Park.

FWC also included the north side of the bridge as a restricted area to take marine life from the waters.

Despite the 2019 measure, hook and line fishing was still allowed at the bridge.