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Gov. McMaster Orders Public Access to All S.C. Beaches Closed

Mar 31, 2020 10:40AM ● By David Dykes

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order closing all public access points to the state’s beaches, as well as closing all public boat ramps, landings and other access points on South Carolina's lakes, rivers and waterways.

“As a result of behavior observed this past weekend by the Department of Natural Resources and SLED, it has become necessary to close public access to our state’s beaches, and to close boat ramps and landings on our state’s lakes, rivers and waterways,” the governor said. “This is unfortunate for those who chose to responsibly follow the instructions of our public health officials, but it is a necessary action to prevent the spread of this dangerous virus.”

McMaster's action doesn't apply to those with a current, valid commercial fishing license or permit "to the extent such individuals may seek to utilize or rely upon public piers, docks, wharfs, boat ramps, or boat landings in connection with commercial fishing activities,” his order says.

McMaster's order doesn't impact the rights of private property owners living on beaches, lakes, rivers, or waterways.

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