High Surf Advisory issued January 26 at 3:34AM EST expiring January 27 at 7:00AM EST in effect for: Pinellas
TALLAHASSEE - Just as the weather begins to warm up--a Florida Senate panel has approved a bill aimed at improving safety for parasailing here in the Sunshine State.
The legislation cleared a Senate committee on Tuesday, without any opposition.
It comes less than a year after a woman dropped from her harness and fell 200 feet to her death just off the coast of Pompano Beach.
The bill would protect thrill-seekers who choose to try parasailing in three ways:
1. It would require all commercial parasailing businesses to have insurance.
2. Each boat would be required to have an "observer" aboard--one who isn't also the driver--to keep an eye on parasailers.
3. Commercial parasailing would be banned in winds of more than 20 miles per hour.
If you're interested in following the progress of this legislation, you can find it online here at FLSenate.gov.