FWC Shuts Down Sandbar and Islands Amid Florida’s Executive Order

FWC closes sandbar and islands in Sebastian, Florida.
FWC closes sandbar and islands in Sebastian, Florida.

An executive order by Governor Ron DeSantis is stepping up enforcement by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) for recreational boaters to keep at least 50 feet apart and not have more than 10 people on board.

On Saturday afternoon, the FWC cleared the famous Sandbar near the Sebastian Inlet as well as the islands. The Sandbar is where boaters like to anchor to swim and socialize.

The FWC tells Sebastian Daily it is enacting the order to reflect direction from Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Florida Dept. of Health, and the Center for Disease Control.

This move comes after several complaints about crowd sizes on boats, the Sandbar, and the islands. Some boaters are worried that a few people not taking the rules seriously are ruining it for everyone else.

“I’m directing FWC to issue an emergency order to enforce the social distancing rules on the waterways,” DeSantis said in a news conference Friday.

The boat ramps in Sebastian are still open, but boaters will have to follow the emergency order if they plan to go out.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland. When he was age 9, his parents moved to Jupiter, Florida. Andy spent several years at various radio & television stations in Florida such as WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. In 1994, Andy made a career change to computer programming and worked for several technology companies (two are Fortune 500) in Atlanta, Georgia. However, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2002. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.