FORT MYERS BEACH — The US Coast Guard Auxiliary and Power Squadrons offer Vessel Safety Checks, a valuable free service to ensure recreational vessels comply with federal laws and state regulations. As part of the National Safe Boating Week, on May 26th from 10 am until 2 pm, Moss Marina in Fort Myers Beach will provide Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Safety Checks, taking only 10 minutes to complete, and upon passing, a decal will be issued.
National Safe Boating Week runs from May 20 through May 26 and promotes safe boating practices and the importance of wearing life jackets while boating. More information on updated events can be found on the Fort Myers Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary Facebook page (https://Facebook.com/AUX91FMB). Moss Marina is thrilled to participate in this program, and those with transiting vessels can contact the Moss Marina dockmaster on VHF Marine Radio Channel 16.
Southwest Florida area boaters find this service beneficial as it helps prevent fines from local law enforcement for operating boats without the proper equipment. “We educate and inform boat owners on safe boating practices while checking their boats for potential issues,” said Greg Masonick, Flotilla Commander of the Fort Myers Beach Flotilla. The Auxiliary provides recommendations and insights on how to stay out of trouble rather than issuing citations for violations. Boats that comply receive an annual VSC Sticker to demonstrate their commitment to safe boating.
Those unable to attend Friday’s event can request a Vessel Safety Check at their location by calling 239-690-6780 option 2 or online at https://www.aux91fmb.org/vsc.cfm. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary is the leading agency in recreational boating safety, protecting America’s seaward frontier. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the civilian component of the US Coast Guard and supports them in almost all mission areas. They deploy vessels and aircraft daily across the US to save countless boaters and property damage. For more information, visit https://www.cgaux.org/.