The US Coast Guard Auxiliary and Power Squadrons are offering free Vessel Safety Checks to ensure recreational vessels comply with federal laws and state regulations.
As part of the National Safe Boating Week, on May 26th from 10 am until 2 pm, Moss Marina on Fort Myers Beach will provide the vehicl safety checks, which only take ten minutes. Upon passing, a decal will be issued.
National Safe Boating Week runs from May 20th through May 26th and promotes safe boating practices and the importance of wearing life jackets while boating. More information on updated events can be found on the Fort Myers Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary Facebook page (https://Facebook.com/AUX91FMB). Moss Marina is thrilled to participate in this program, and those with transiting vessels can contact the Moss Marina dockmaster on VHF Marine Radio Channel 16.
Southwest Florida area boaters find this service beneficial as it helps prevent fines from local law enforcement for operating boats without the proper equipment. “We educate and inform boat owners on safe boating practices while checking their boats for potential issues,” said Greg Masonick, Flotilla Commander of the Fort Myers Beach Flotilla. The Auxiliary provides recommendations and insights on how to stay out of trouble rather than issuing citations for violations. Boats that comply receive an annual VSC Sticker to demonstrate their commitment to safe boating.
Those unable to attend Friday’s event can request a Vessel Safety Check at their location by calling 239-690-6780 option 2 or online at https://www.aux91fmb.org/vsc.cfm.