Parasail Bill Soaring Through Senate

Posted: March 12, 2014 by kirisyko in Parasailing, Water

CBS Miami

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A long-sought effort to impose regulations on the parasailing industry glided Monday through its second Senate committee.

The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee unanimously supported a measure that would prohibit parasailing operations when sustained winds are 20 mph or higher or when lightning storms are within seven miles.

The bill, which comes after similar proposals repeatedly failed in past legislative sessions, also would require parasailing operators to have at least $1 million in liability coverage.

The proposal is named the “White-Miskell Act” after two people killed while parasailing in Florida in recent years. However, the proposed regulations gained support after two Indiana teens were videotaped last summer being seriously injured while parasailing in Panama City Beach, which is within the district of Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville.

The bill, sponsored by Delray Beach Democrat Maria Sachs, has one more committee appearance before reaching the Senate floor.

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