Parasailing Rule Changes?
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CREATED Oct. 5, 2012
FORT MYERS, Fla. – A push to change the rules for parasailing. The popular beach attraction in southwest Florida and across the state is under scrutiny after a number of accidents.
Parasailing is an increasingly popular activity in Florida's waterways, but safety advocates say there are frequently accidents and deaths that call out for increased regulation.
The Parasail Safety Council reports more than 70 people have been killed and at least 1,600 others injured in the past three decades.
In fact, just this past august a woman was killed during a parasailing accident off Pompano Beach. Now lawmakers and safety advocates say it's time for more rules for operators.
Proposed state regulations would include inspections of parasailing equipment, restrictions on rides during rougher weather and insurance requirements for operators.
Some parasail operators agree there should be specific safety standards -- but worry about the details. "Come here, and parasail safely, and feel confident that if they have their teen-age kids or college students that come from all over the United States, come here and parasail. I want to make sure that they're safe."
The Coast Guard regulates boats with crews -- but not parasails. And the FAA says parasailing does not fall under their jurisdiction. Similar efforts for regulations in Florida have failed.
We'll have to see if that changes in the next legislative session.