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Boynton Beach announces plan to reopen parks, boat ramps, golf courses

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Posted at 10:50 AM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 14:37:29-04

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Boynton Beach is rolling out a plan to reopen parts of the city while continuing to keep residents safe from the deadly coronavirus.

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Officials announced on Wednesday that the city's only boat ramp at Harvey E. Oyer Jr. Park is now open for recreational use.

On Friday, the Boynton Beach Tennis Center at Barrier Free Park will reopen, and city parks will reopen to walking, jogging, and biking. However, city playgrounds, dog parks, outdoor basketball courts, and athletic fields will remain closed.

Park hours will be from sunrise to sunset.

"We have a tremendous amount of work to do in the parks," said City Manager Lori Laverriere. "Get the restrooms back up and running. We had to put in protocols for additional sanitizing and janitorial services. A lot of signs have to go up."

In addition, the Boynton Harbor Marina will reopen on Friday.

On Monday, May 4, the Links Golf Course will reopen to play, but there will be restrictions for golfers.

Golf courses will only allow single-rider golf carts. However, families living in the same house can ride together.

All golfers must stay at least 6 feet apart from other another, and players can't remove flagsticks from the cups.

Golfers are also encouraged to change shoes in the parking lot and bring hand sanitizer.

Laverriere said residents must continue to follow social distancing, and those who refuse to follow the restrictions could face fines or misdemeanor charges.

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