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Florida Boating News

March 31, 2009

There is a new version of HB 1423, not yet available through the legislature website. (Remember that this bill format shows existing language in regular type. Deletions are shown crossed out while additions are underlined.)

BoatUS is in strong support of this legislation as it's written today, because it clarifies that the counties can work on the derelict vessel issue without hampering legitimate cruising. It also implements mandatory boating safety education for those born after January 1, 1988 and operation a boat with 10 hp or more. It repeals the FL fishing license shoreline exemption (so that FL anglers will not have o pay a second federal license fee.) It also sets up pilot mooring field projects with guidelines subject to a whole lot of public review.

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