Martin County quietly reopens boat ramps; commissioners to decide whether they stay open or close again

Commissioners will discuss boat ramps in Tuesday morning meeting
Posted at 10:58 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 08:49:23-04

STUART, Fla. — Martin County quietly reopened its public boat ramps Monday without any public notification.

County Administrator Taryn Kryzda said she asked the parks department to remove barriers Monday morning.

Electronic signs remained in place, however, telling people the boat ramps were still closed.

Kryzda told WPTV NewsChannel 5 she intentionally left the signs in place to continue limiting the number of people who used the ramps.

Martin County commissioners will meet Tuesday morning to decide whether or not the ramps will remain open or if they will stay closed.

Kryzda was not clear as to why the county did not wait until Tuesday to remove barriers in case commissioners decide to keep the ramps closed.

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Martin County has gone back and forth on how it is handling boat ramp closures in the county. Last weekend, the boat ramps closed to recreational boaters. The ramps reopened during the week. Following the governor's order, Martin County closed the ramps again over the weekend, intending to keep them closed for the foreseeable future.

Kryzda said she decided to open the ramps after getting the chance to better understand the governor’s order over the weekend. Originally, the county did not think it had the ability to be less restrictive than the order that was issued. She said county leaders got more clarification over the weekend that the county could have its own control over whether ramps stayed open or closed.

Kryzda said if they leave the ramps open, they will have to be prepared for an influx of boaters from other counties.

Neighboring counties have not changed their decisions surrounding boat ramps. Palm Beach County has kept boat ramps closed to recreational boaters. St. Lucie County has not yet closed any boat ramps.