Grouper are a favorite of offshore anglers. Photo by Jesse McDowall.
CAPE HAZE MARINA
6950 Placida Road
15001 Gasparilla Road, Placida
HARBOR AT LEMON BAY AND
CAREFREE BOAT CLUB
900 S. McCall Road, Englewood
AQUAMARINA PALM HARBOUR
7080 Placida Road
ROYAL PALM MARINA
779 W. Wentworth Street
1990 Placida Road
STUMP PASS MARINA
260 Maryland Avenue
If you do own a boat or personal
watercraft, you have plenty of company.
There were almost one million boats
registered in Florida in 2018 and nearly as
many smaller, unregistered boats. With all
that company in the water, it helps to:
• Know your boat, the equipment, controls
and load capacity.
• Obey signs and notices regarding vessel
speeds. Be aware of all restricted areas.
• Pay attention to the weather, it can change
• Make sure that someone knows where you
plan to go and how long you will be on the
• Always wear a Coast Guard approved life
jacket and have your passengers wear one
too. All children 5 and younger must wear
a life jacket in any vessel under 26 feet.
• Keep a flashlight, first aid kit, drinking
water and sunscreen in watertight
containers on your boat.
To find out about boat safety education
classes, call The Florida Fish & Wildlife
Commission at 850-488-4676 or go to
www.myfwc.com/boating. Our local
Coast Guard Auxiliary offers classes
on safe boating. For information on the
classes, call 941-270-3555 or visit www.