Senate passes parasailing guidelines

Bill details requirements for insurance, equipment, license

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Senate has approved a bill that would place safety guidelines on parasailing companies.

The legislation (SB 320) approved Thursday details specific insurance, equipment and license requirements, along with weather conditions that dictate a halt in operation in Florida.

The parasailing industry received national attention in recent years with several deaths and accidents involving the unregulated activity in Florida.

In parasailing, people wear parachutes and are lifted into the air when a motor boat pulls on the tow rope they are attached to.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach. It proposes that operators carry $1 million in insurance, have a license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard and have certain equipment on the boat.

The accompanying bill (HB 347) still needs to be approved by the House before going to the governor.

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