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Coast Guard, FFWCC keep waters safe for Gasparilla

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Decorated ships and boats passed through the Port of Tampa on Saturday. Decorated ships and boats passed through the Port of Tampa on Saturday.
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Officials in Tampa had plenty of help during Saturday's Gasparilla Invasion especially on the waterways.

Crews with the United States Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission team up with local law enforcement to ensure things were calm on the water.

Officers with those agencies provided education information, conducting boating safety inspections and stood watch for impaired operators.

"Typically during Gasparilla there are a large number of boats within a confined space," said Captain Sheryl Dickinson with the Port of Tampa. "To promote safety on the water, the Coast Guard recommends that only experienced boaters participate in the parade."

Crewmembers with the USCG's Sector St. Petersburg invited the public, friends and family members to watch Saturday's festivities from Sector's Prevention Department at Davis Island.

"Boating is an activity many Tampa Bay area families enjoy during this celebration but it carries with it a serious responsibility to be safe," explained FWC Capt. Roger Young of Saturday's event. "Carelessness, inattention and not following navigation rules are the primary causes of boating accidents."

None were reported.  

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