Under clear skies and with temperatures in the low 80s, hundreds of vessels of all shapes and sizes, from pontoon boats to kayaks, dotted the submerged island party spot in Choctawhatchee Bay next to Destin.

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Pictures of Crab Island from this past weekend likely will not be found with the definition of “social distancing” in any dictionary.

Under clear skies and with temperatures in the low 80s, hundreds of vessels of all shapes and sizes, from pontoon boats to kayaks, dotted the submerged island party spot in Choctawhatchee Bay next to Destin.

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In at least one area, more than a dozen boats were lined up next to each other in a row.

Overall, many of the revelers didn’t seem worried about keeping at least six feet away from one another. That cozy scene was in place even though a state order that calls for social distancing among recreational boaters remains in effect until Friday.

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The order was issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is part of a governor’s executive order, and took effect March 27. It limits recreational vessel occupancy to no more than 10 people per vessel and requires a minimum distance of 50 feet between the vessels.

The distance provision does not apply to permitted mooring fields, public or private marinas, or any other permanently installed wet slips, and does not apply to vessels underway unless they are tied, rafted or moored to another vessel, according to the FWC.

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Violation of a governor’s executive order is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.

While Crab Island was packed with boaters this past weekend, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies said they had no big issues to contend with and did not issue any citations, S.O. spokeswoman Michele Nicholson said.

“If deputies see somebody not adhering, they try to educate them about (the state’s social distancing rules for boaters) and get them to cooperate,” she said. “For the most part, people have been cooperating.”

As of Monday, vendors who normally sell burgers, hot dogs and other items to the sun-drenched flock at Crab Island still were not allowed to operate at the island.

On Tuesday, the County Commission plans to vote “on whether or not to OK vendors to head back to Crab Island from our side,” county spokesman Christopher Saul said. “However, the permits are also married to the National Park Service blessing to let them return.”

Since Crab Island is within the NPS-operated Gulf Islands National Seashore, each vendor that operates there needs to have a commercial use authorization from the NPS, as well as a county permit.

The county suspended its Crab Island vending permits in March, when it also closed beaches within its jurisdiction to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Among other issues, the commission on Tuesday plans to consider whether to fully reopen the beaches and allow Crab Island vending once again, possibly on Saturday.

But the need for vendors to receive authorization from the National Park Service means the vendors’ return to the island could be later than Saturday, Saul said.

Beaches within the county’s jurisdiction were reopened with limited hours last Friday. The hours are 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.