Precautions urged for Englewood Super Boat Grand Prix
Friday, April 11, 2014
Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3852
Boaters are advised by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to pay particular attention to boating safety issues and safety zones for the Super Boat Grand Prix in Englewood on Sunday.
Commercial fishermen are asked to take preliminary precautions to protect their gear in preparation for the nearshore powerboat race, which may garner a large spectator fleet.
Those in spectator vessels who want to observe the Charlotte Harbor races should be aware that considerable wakes from these powerful, fast vessels dictate that boaters should wear life jackets at all times. Boaters should also be on the lookout for marine mammals and commercial fishing gear and obey restricted areas. Pleasure boaters can find race and safety information at http://superboat.com/2014-charlotte-harbor-schedule/ as well as a map of the race course and schedule of events.
Commercial fishermen may want to temporarily remove their gear from the race area to protect their financial investment and help prevent dangerous fouling of commercial fishing gear by a potentially large crowd of spectator boats.
FWC, Coast Guard and numerous other law enforcement personnel will be patrolling the area to ensure the safety of the public.
For more information on boating safety, visit MyFWC.com/Boating or call the FWC regional office in Lakeland at 863-648-3200.