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, and raised in Jupiter, Florida. He has been a radio and TV personality since the mid-1980s. In broadcasting, he has worked for WFLX-TV, WIRK, WLIZ, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and others. Andy has also worked as a computer engineer and a senior systems analyst for a variety of top companies. He has lived in Sebastian since 2002, and joined Sebastian Daily as our editor in chief in 2016. Andy’s family has lived in Sebastian for over 45 years.