Governor Ron DeSantis Kicks of National Safe Boating Week with a 21 May Proclamation!
From the FWC:
May 21, 2022
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Governor Ron DeSantis issues proclamation for Safe Boating Week in Florida
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued a proclamation for Safe Boating Week in Florida. We are grateful for his recognition of this important week urging Floridians and visitors to boat safely while enjoying Florida’s beautiful waterways.
SAFE BOATING WEEK IN FLORIDA
WHEREAS, Florida is the boating and fishing capital of the world, and recreational boating is a staple of the Sunshine State's lifestyle, tourism, and economy; and
WHEREAS, Florida has over 1,300 miles of coastline, 50,000 miles of rivers and streams, 7,800 lakes, and 4,000 square miles of estuaries for Floridians, visitors to our great state, and the wildlife that inhabit these areas to enjoy; and
WHEREAS, Florida's coastal waters are home to the greatest number of recreational boats and saltwater fishermen in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Florida is committed to ensuring the safety of all residents and visitors to our great state; and
WHEREAS, the Coast Guard estimates that human error accounts for most boating accidents and life jackets could prevent nearly 86 percent of boating-related deaths; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) protects Floridians and our natural resources through law enforcement services - enforcing boating rules and regulations, coordinating boating safety campaigns and educational programs, and managing public waters and access to them - for our waterways and coastal communities; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issues boating licenses and temporary certificates for those who want to operate a boat and successfully complete the boating safety education requirements; and
WHEREAS, safe boating includes carrying lifesaving emergency distress and communications equipment, wearing life jackets, attending safe boating courses, participating in free boat safety checks, and staying sober when navigating; and
WHEREAS, Safe Boating Week in Florida is an opportunity to bring awareness to life-saving tips and promote safe boating so Floridians and visitors can safely experience the beauty of our waterways in the Boating Capital of the World.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ron DeSantis, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby extend greetings and best wishes to all observing May 21 - 27, 2022, as Safe Boating Week in Florida.
First-Time Boat Buyers Exceed 415,000 for Second Time in 15 Years
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA)and Info-Link, a market intelligence firm serving the recreational boating industry, have reported that 420,000 first-time boat buyers of new and pre-owned boats entered the market in 2021, on par with 2020 – levels the industry hasn’t seen since 2007.
First-time boat buyers accounted for 34 percent of boat sales in 2021, driving growth for the recreational boating industry and further reinforcing heightened demand for boats since the outset of the pandemic. SOURCE: NASBLA MULTIBRIEFS, 5/11/'22
TAKE A CLASS - BE A SAFER BETTER BOATER! America's Boating Club, Daytona Beach Sail & Power Squadron
America’s Boating Club - District 23 Summer Picnic
Where: Bing’s Landing 5862 N Ocean Shore Blvd Palm Coast - The Pavilion behind Captain's BBQ
Saturday June 4, 2022
Sked: 9:00 Setup - 10:00 Horse Shoes, Ladder Toss, Corn Hole - 12:30 Lunch - 1:30 More games and social
MENU: Pulled Pork or BBQ Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Baked Beans, Rolls & Butter. Beer, Wine, Water, Tea. Cost $15.00/Person
Please RSVP by May 27
Gary Callahan 904-629-8310 firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next squadron membership dinner/mtg will be on Thursday, 19 May 2022, at Steve's Famous Dinner, corner of S Nova and Beville (Hwy 400) at 1584 S Nova, starting at 6 PM with Happy Hour. Happy hour - Dinner - Guest Speaker - Member Meeting in that order. Guest speaker this month: Mr. James A. Judge, Director, Volusia Emergency Management Division. Public is welcome, but reservations are required as seating is limited. Make your reservation(s) with Sharon Neitzey, 386-290-1243.
Navigation 1 Class (Piloting) is scheduled to start on 25 May 2022 and will run for approx 10 weeks. Classes run from 7PM to 9PM. See Education menu for additional info.
Our speaker for the meeting was Dr. Ryan Wallace from Embry-Riddle University. He spoke about drones in general and addressed the application of Aerial Drone Technology to aid recreational boating.
Squadron XO and Asst. Sec Gregory and Christine Zahornacky are again inviting Squadron members to Morning Coffee alongside and aboard "Never Better." This is a great outing...it's informal, deck shoes only, bring your folding chair, and favorite coffee (or tea) mug. Place: Plaza Pier at Halifax Harbor Municipal Marina's Plaza Pier, Date: Saturday, 21 May'22, Time: 1000 - 1200. Please RSVP if you intend to attend! Ph Christine at 386-847-1094 by Thursday, 19 May'22.