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Boynton Beach police urge boaters to be careful, prepare for busy July Fourth holiday

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Posted at 4:00 PM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 18:37:53-04

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Boynton Beach police want to make sure everyone is prepared for the July Fourth holiday next week.

The agency's marine unit said they will be working to make sure boaters stay safe on the water.

The Boynton Inlet can be dangerous to boaters who are unfamiliar with the area, and police expect more traffic around the inlet all next week.

Officer Darin Hederian said police will keep an eye out for anyone driving recklessly or under the influence.

"Violations tend to increase with the increased amount of boaters," Officer Hederian said.

The Fourth of July holiday is usually the busiest holiday at a sandbar known as Beer Can Island, and Officer Hederian said boaters need to be aware of the shallows in the area.

"We can expect 150 to 200 vessels just in this little lagoon area alone," said Officer Hederian.

The firework show on Thursday will also shut down a section of the intracoastal for the fireworks barge. Police said from about 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., boats won't be able to travel through the area. They can still get in and out of the inlet, but they cannot get to the boat ramps.