USCG to step up enforcement of ‘passenger boats’ in FloridaRegion: Gulf Coast – Florida

Date Reported: Aug 26, 2015

Reported By: Mike Ahart, News Editor

Source: Coast Guard News
Coast-Guard-Boat.jpgYou offer to take some friends or acquaintances out for a sail, cruise or fishing outing. Everyone chips in for fuel and supplies. Are you an awesome host and captain – or a scofflaw? The Coast Guard may be asking you that question, as they crack down on illegal “passenger boats” over the next couple weeks – you might want to make sure your passengers understand the difference (and please teach them the safety drill!). From a Coast Guard News article:
Coast Guard and partner agencies are stepping up enforcement of illegally operated passenger boats in the waters along Florida’s coast prior to and during the Labor Day weekend.
Over the past several months there has been an increase in the illegal and unsafe operation of passenger boats less than 100 tons, and many passengers are unaware of the safety requirements regulated by the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard reminds the public to check safety requirements before paying for any boating services.

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