Fla. Senate panel okays bill for parasailing regulations

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A state lawmaker hopes to change the way people parasail to make it safer.

A state senate committee took up the issue of commercial parasailing Wednesday. Senator Maria Sachs filed the bill saying the sport has very few regulations, which has resulted in several injuries and deaths in Florida.

Sachs said she wanted to know what was causing this issue and posed the question to commercial operators of the sport.

"They all said, weather. So, what this bill does is it stops parasailing whenever the sustained winds of over 20 miles per hour or if there is a known lightning storm within seven miles," Sachs said. (Democrat, Delray Beach, FL)

Sachs also says boat owners would be required to at least have a minimum one million dollar insurance plan. The senate community affairs committee approved it unanimously.


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