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Navigational Safety Alert

As part of the Hurricane Irma recovery effort, the U.S. Coast Guard has designated all waters within one nautical mile of land in the Florida Keys as a regulated navigation area.
Any vessel traveling through the navigation area must proceed at a slow speed (fully off plane, completely settled in the water and not creating excessive wake).
In addition, the Coast Guard has established the following safety zones inside the navigation area: 
• All waters within 25 yards of law enforcement or salvage vessels, and
• All waters with 25 yards of visible wreckage.
Entry into, anchoring, loitering or movement within the Safety Zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Key West or his designee.
Rules for the regulated navigation area will be in place until Oct. 1.
For more information, call the Emergency Operations Center Public Information Line at 800-955-5504

Florida’s Top 5 Boating Destinations

Picture1zzFlorida’s Top 5 Boating Destinations Florida is considered by many to be the boating capital of the world. This is not just some bold hopeful attestation because the numbers really do back it up. It has the highest number of registered boats of any US state and the numbers of boats that use its waters is well over 100,000. With the many miles of beaches and fantastic sunny weather, Florida is the top pick for anyone who finds pleasure in boating.

There are many places in the state where you could indulge in this gratifying leisurely activity. But as expected, some of them are more popular than others. Here are the top five, in no particular order.

Bringing fish back from the Bahamas becomes easier

Bringing fish caught recreationally in the Bahamas back to Florida by water will become a little easier soon. A new exception goes into place Sept. 13 in state waters, allowing anglers to possess and land filleted dolphin, wahoo and reef fish that were caught in Bahamian waters. Similar allowances for dolphin and wahoo, as well as modifications to existing recreational regulations for reef fish managed as snapper-grouper being brought back from the Bahamas by water went into effect in Atlantic federal waters in January 2016. These regulations apply to fish being transported by water only and do not apply to fish being transported or shipped by air.
The changes will allow more fishing freedom for Florida’s residents and visitors while creating consistency between state and federal regulations.
Some things to keep in mind when bringing recreationally-caught dolphin, wahoo and reef fish managed as snapper-grouper back from the Bahamas by water:

So, you have a new boat!

iStock 000018868219 SmallWe are excited about your new boat and we want to ensure that the time you spend on the water with your family and friends is as relaxing and pleasurable as possible. Over the years we have discovered eight things that every boater should do.

Discover New Places. Florida has over 11,000 miles of rivers, streams, and waterways. As a boater you will quickly discover the natural beauty that our state has to offer. A few local places to put on your trip list are Fort George Island, Silver Glenn Springs, Black Creek, St Augustine, and Fernandina. Please visit http://floridabywater.com for more information on destinations.

Create a Boat Bag. A boat bag contains essential items you will always need while boating. This will ensure sure you have the items you need every time you take your boat out. Things you will want to include are sunscreen, a flashlight, bug spray, spare sunglasses, extra drain plug, extra bottle of water, aspirin, wet wipes, a towel, and ponchos. Other items can be included to fit your personal needs.

Purchase a Boat US or Sea Tow Membership. There is nothing worse than being stranded on the water. Almost all boats have had a break down or run aground at least once. Without a membership you can expect to pay around $700.00 for a tow back to shore. However, a towing membership is less than a $150.00 a year. This is money well spent. Neither your dealership nor the boat manufacturer’s warranty provides towing service.