This October, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Will Return

This October, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Will Return

This October, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will return to South Florida. The 62nd annual event will take place at the Bahia Mar Yachting Club from October 27th to the 31st, showcasing more world debuts than any other boat show in the country.  Tickets for the event are already on sale and can be purchased by clicking here. Over 80% of the event will be held in open air spaces, but additional COVID restrictions are not known at this time.  ...
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5 Unique Experiences To Elevate Your Time On Your Boat

5 Unique Experiences To Elevate Your Time On Your Boat

Are you searching for ways to get creative and enhance your time on the water? Look no further! Keep reading to learn about five things you can do to elevate your boat time, whether on shore or on the water. 1. Do yoga on the water.Yoga is a very calming and positive way to start your day. The sound of the waves and the colorful sunrise on the horizon is the perfect complement to a morning yoga session. Either on the deck of your boat or at the marina, a yoga session is the perfect way to bring your group together and start your day on a serene and tranquil note.  2. Hold a paint party. The views on a boat are unbeatable, and what better way to take them in than by holding a paint party! While these scintillating views are hard to capture at sea, it's easier when your boat is docked at a marina. Bring your group together...
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5 Ways To Avoid Summer Boating Accidents

5 Ways To Avoid Summer Boating Accidents

You might feel completely safe in your boat. With the sun shining on your face, the joyful sounds of children playing in the water, and low music crooning overhead...it’s hard to believe that anything could go wrong. However, boating accidents are more common than you think. Here are some tips to help keep both you and others on the water safe.  1. Never drink and drive on the boat.It only takes a split second to make a life-altering decision behind the wheel of a boat. Always stay sober when driving a boat. If you’re planning to drink, have a designated driver to navigate the boat back to the dock. 2. Make sure everyone wears lifejackets.The majority of fatal drowning accidents happen amongst people who aren’t wearing lifejackets. Wearing a life jacket is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others while out on the water. 3. Take extra caution with small boats.If you’re in a kayak or small motorboat, be cautious...
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Loggerhead Sea Turtle Saved By Florida Officer

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Saved By Florida Officer

Over the weekend, a 150 lb loggerhead sea turtle was saved by an off-duty marine resources enforcement officer.  Liz Lyne, 20-year veteran of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, was boating with some friends when she noticed a sea turtle entangled in a fishing trap line. She was able to cut the line so the turtle could safely swim away. Without human intervention, this lucky sea turtle likely would have died. That wasn’t the first time Lyne was involved with a sea turtle rescue. She had previously assisted with rescues twice before. Loggerhead sea turtles are considered threatened and are protected by state and federal laws. If you see a sea turtle in need of rescue, contact The Turtle Hospital in Marathon at (305) 743-2552 or the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) at 888-404-FWCC (3922). ...
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New Law: Florida Anchoring Bill

New Law: Florida Anchoring Bill

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill aimed to address the continuing vessel anchoring challenges facing some Florida counties while balancing the needs of responsible vessel operators. Boat Owners Association of the U.S. supports the legislation that protects active cruisers in Florida,giving them critical access to important shoreside services and amenities while also addressing continued challenges with at-risk vessels that anchor on a long-term basis. Rep. Wyman Duggan, R-Jacksonville, and Sen. Tina Polski, D-Palm Beach, both sponsored and gave passage to this bill.  Florida S.B. 1946 allows counties to establish anchorage limitation areas adjacent to urban areas that have a combination of significant boat traffic, narrow waterways and residential docking facilities. Counties are permitted to set up anchorages that give active cruisers or any vessel operator access to high-demand harborage for a reasonable amount of time – up to 45 consecutive days in a six month period. This legislation hopes to reduce the challenges Florida has experienced with derelict and abandoned...
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Summer Boating Safety: South Florida Authorities Sound The Alarm

Summer Boating Safety: South Florida Authorities Sound The Alarm

In light of South Florida reopening, more boats have been out on the water. Unfortunately, this typically leads to a rise in boating accidents. With the 4th of July right around the corner, the Broward Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol is sounding the maritime alarm with a two-week operation that began on Monday. BSO Marine Patrol units are out on the Intracoastal Waterway, and their goal is to educate boaters about boating safety.  For the first week of the patrol, education and enforcement will be top priority. The second phase of the operation will include increased enforcement. In addition, marine patrols from Fort Lauderdale, Lighthouse Point, and Hillsborough Beach will be checking for life jackets, fire extinguishers, and other safety items. Tickets will be issued for speeding boats or those violating no-wake zones. Broward County is ranked 11th in vessel accidents in Florida, and they want to do better. Boaters are encouraged to take boating safety courses, which are offered by the U.S....
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Shark Sighting Safety Tips

Shark Sighting Safety Tips

A Florida man who was swimming near a fishing line 40 yards from the shore was recently bit by a shark near Santa Rosa Beach.  According to a news release, the man had visible wounds to the upper body and chest area and was taken to a local hospital. Fortunately, he’s expected to recover.  Firefighters believe the shark was heading for the fishing line and confused the man for bait. The shark is believed to be seven to eight feet long. The fire district flew double red flags to warn other swimmers in the area of the shark’s presence. This story brings to light the very real issue of swimming safely when sharks are lurking underwater. Wondering what to do if you spot a shark while swimming in the ocean? Here are some tips that could save your life. Stay calm. Most sharks are harmless, so just try to breathe. Also, if you start to flail around, you'll appear more like prey.Get out of...
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Florida Fishing Pier Finder Launched By Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Florida Fishing Pier Finder Launched By Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

If you’re looking for a place to fish from land, check out the new Florida Fishing Pier Finder, an interactive map that allows anglers to find public fishing piers, jetties, and bridges. If possible, skip your phone and view the map on a computer or tablet.  This app was created through funding from the federal Sport Fish Restoration program, which collects taxes from fishing and motorboat purchases to fund projects that enhance fishing opportunities.  In order to find the perfect fishing spot, visit MyFWC.com/PierFinder to search by location and what type of place you’re specifically looking for. There are several bridges and piers around Florida that allow anglers to catch a variety of species, which isn’t always easy when you’re stuck on land. Some of these structures extend into the Gulf of Mexico, and others extend into the Atlantic Ocean.  This unique platform is super helpful for anglers who want diverse fishing opportunities but might not be familiar with an area. Florida is...
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5 Amazing Fly Fishing Destinations In South Florida

5 Amazing Fly Fishing Destinations In South Florida

If you’re looking for a gorgeous place to relax, South Florida is the perfect spot. And if you’re looking to go fly fishing? Even better! Keep reading to learn about five awesome fly fishing destinations you should visit in South Florida.  1. NaplesNaples is great for angling enthusiasts and fly fishing. It’s also home to more than ten miles of the best beaches in North America! Some fish you can find here are the snook, redfish, pompano, permit, Spanish Mackerel, and trout.  2. Boca GrandeLocated on Gasparilla Island, right near the Gulf Coast, Boca Grande is a great destination for regular fishing and fly fishing. Some fish that are often caught are pompano and snooks.  3. Palm BeachPalm Beach is located on the Atlantic Ocean, which makes it a great spot for both inshore and offshore fish. Snooks and Spanish Mackerel are popular. You can also catch sailfish, swordfish, snapper, and grouper. If you’re a nature enthusiast, you’ll also enjoy seeing manatees, sea...
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Stay Safe On The Water This Memorial Day Weekend!

Stay Safe On The Water This Memorial Day Weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend in South Florida is one of the busiest weekends on the water for boaters. Because of this, it’s extremely important to keep boating safety in mind. Here are some quick boating safety tips that will ensure you and your loved ones have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.  1. Everyone needs a life jacket.Yes, everyone! Make sure you have enough life jackets to accommodate everyone on your boat. Over 80% of drownings are the result of not wearing a life jacket. You never know when an emergency situation will occur, so it’s wise to be prepared.  2. File a float plan, or tell someone where you’re going.This is something you should do each time you take your boat out. That way, the Coast Guard, along with local law enforcement, will have the ability to start a search quickly if something goes awry.  3. Have a designated sober skipper.Drinking while boating is a huge problem in Florida, so it’s important to designate...
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