Manatee County has announced that starting this Thursday morning, boat ramps in Manatee County will be closed to the public to limit the spread of the coronavirus
This is the second step after county officials made the decision to close public beaches.
All public boat ramps throughout the county will be closed, as of 6 a.m. Thursday morning. The closure also includes Beer Can Island.
Public beaches remain closed, as well.
The decision to close the boat ramps came after a lengthy discussion with officials from all local municipalities.
Commercial fishermen who need access to a county boat ramp are asked to use the south boat ramp on Coquina Beach, which will be monitored by Beach Patrol.