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South Florida Native & Helo Pilot, Capt. Ian Veltri New Owner of Okeechobee & LaBelle TowBoatUS Locations
24/7 service for on-water towing, soft ungrounding, fuel drop-offs and battery jump-starts OKEECHOBEE, Fla., May 10, 2022 — A pair of TowBoatUS on-water towing and assistance locations in Okeechobee and LaBelle are under new ownership with Florida native and U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain of more than 25 years…
BoatUS Consumer Alert: Be Wary of Any Letter Arriving by U.S. Mail Offering U.S. Coast Guard Documentation Renewal
Official-looking vessel documentation renewal notices can lead to confusion and higher costs Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is advising boaters with vessels that have a U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation to be wary of any letter arriving by U.S. mail offering renewal. BoatUS advises that…
Have a large area of gelcoat that needs to be repaired on your boat? Spraying gelcoat may be the best method for applying it. BoatUS Magazine contributing editor Mark Corke shows you how to prepare the area on your boat that you want to repair, how to mix up the gelcoat, apply it with a disposable sprayer, and finish it…
Ray Scott passed away on Sunday May 8 at around 11:30 p.m. He died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes. Scott was 88 years old. Scott founded the first national professional bass fishing circuit, the Bassmaster Tournament Trail, in 1967 and the following year founded the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society — B.A.S…
Does your local organization or group wish to keep waters clean or improve boating safety and could use some money to make it happen? The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water Grassroots Grant program provides local groups up to $10,000 each to help educate boaters on safe and clean boating topics. There is…
When boats break down or run aground, many recreational boaters use the free BoatUS App to request TowBoatUS on-water assistance. It’s the only on-water towing app with the ability to link the captain of a recreational boat with the closest local TowBoatUS towing captain, eliminating the need to call to BoatUS…
How do you know your boat is ready for a safe summer boating season and complies with new U.S. Coast Guard regulations? A no cost, no penalty vessel safety check from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadrons can help, and to get one all you have to do is go to cgaux.org/vsc. Appointments can be made for a…
There’s been a lot of pain at the pump lately with gas prices. The Biden administration’s April 12 move to give a waiver from the Clean Air Act to allow the sale of gasoline containing 15% ethanol (E15) during the summer months is intended to lower costs and stretch the nation’s fuel supply. However, Boat…
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers its Spring Commissioning Checklist to help boaters start the season right. The nation’s largest advocacy, service and savings group also offers BoatUS.com/Spring, a one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about the yearly ritual of recreational boat…
Gas prices are up. What can boaters do to prepare for a summer of boating? The 800,000-plus member Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has 21 fuel-saving tips boaters can do to help save on fuel and still enjoy a fulfilling season on the water. While some of these techniques may sound obvious, there may…
ANNAPOLIS, Md., March 22, 2022 – Last summer was the first full season boaters were required to use an engine cutoff switch as a result of a new law that went into effect on April 1, 2021. The law mandates the use of either a helm or outboard lanyard or wireless engine cutoff switch (ECOS) on certain vessels less…
Eglin Air Force Base
Residents may experience aircraft noise when the 53rd Wing’s 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group conducts flight and boat operations in the Gulf of Mexico, April 4-7. Each day, fighter aircraft will release munitions between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. approximately 20 nautical miles south of Destin over the Gulf of Mexico. The…
12 year expiration for disposables and different carriage requirements for older, newer model year vessels ANNAPOLIS, Md., Feb. 15, 2022 – A rite of passage for every boater is the annual spring commissioning. Newly added to the boat owners to-do list this spring will be to check all disposable (non-rechargeable)…
SPRINGFIELD, VA – With President Biden’s signing today of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), you may have mistakenly thought that only road, bridge, rail, power and water infrastructure, public transit, drinking and wastewater, high speed internet, environmental, and…
BoatUS Foundation and Berkley Celebrate Breakthrough Concepts in Fishing Line and Soft Bait Recycling: ‘Recast and Recycle’ Contest Winners Announced
ANNAPOLIS, Md., October 7, 2021 – Recycling old fishing line and soft baits into new products is labor-intensive, inefficient and simply, for many anglers, not easy to do. This hampers the ability to grow the volume of line and soft bait recycling in the U.S. However, three BoatUS Foundation and Berkley Recast and…
Environmental Protection Agency
On August 17, 2021, EPA released the National Coastal Condition Assessment, a scientifically rigorous survey of the nation’s estuarine and Great Lakes nearshore waters, and one of the four National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS). The National Coastal Condition Assessment (NCCA) reports on the health of estuarine…
SPRINGFIELD, Va. – It’s been a tumultuous year for Americans, and getting away from it all on a recreational boat has given many the respite they’ve needed. With lives upended, some recreational boat owners have chosen to reflect on the times when selecting a name for their boat. “Social…
A Dive Into the 2020 U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Statistics Reveal How the Pandemic Affected Boating in Ways Just Beginning to be Understood ANNAPOLIS, Md., July 16, 2021 – The U.S. Coast Guard recently released the 2020 Recreational Boating Statistics, and reports of accidents, fatalities and injuries were…
SPRINGFIELD, Va., June 29, 2021 – It’s been a tumultuous year for Americans, and getting away from it all on a recreational boat has given many the respite they’ve needed. With lives upended, some recreational boat owners have chosen to reflect on the times when selecting a name for their boat. &ldquo…
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., – A bill that aims to both address the continuing vessel anchoring challenges facing some Florida counties while balancing the needs of responsible vessel operators became law yesterday with the signing of FL S.B. 1946 by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS)…
2021 Special Report On Fishing Emphasizes Highest Overall Participation in 14 Years - Surge in female, youth, Hispanic, and African American participation supports new record
ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Recreational fishing and boating continues to reach new and diverse audiences according to a new industry study from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF). The 2021 Special Report on Fishing found that: 19.7 million females went fishing in 2020, a 10%…
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Boat owners wishing to do good or take advantage of potential tax benefits may consider donating their boats to charity. Often this decision is made at the end of year just before the start of the new tax season. Waiting until the end of the year, however, could shortchange a boater’s potential…
“Do I know how to be found in an emergency?” That’s a question every boater should ask at the beginning of the boating season. The answer, however, is likely to go far beyond simply having a cellphone aboard. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water offers five tips that can potentially…
CLEWISTON, Fla., April 21, 2021 – In January, TowBoatUS Lake Allatoona, Georgia, was awarded “Tower of the Year” at the annual gathering of the nationwide TowBoatUS on-water towing and assistance fleet. Today, the company’s owner, Capt. Chris Day, is growing his 24-hour service that helps boaters…
They Are at It Again: Confusing and Ineffective Fuel Pump Warning Labels Do Not Help Boaters Choose Safe Fuel
SPRINGFIELD, Va., June 1, 2021 – Efforts by the ethanol industry to create a new federal rule that would weaken or eliminate important warning labels designed to prevent boaters and consumers from misfueling with prohibited higher-ethanol fuels at roadside gas pumps has Boat Owners Association of The United States…
SPRINGFIELD, Va., May 24, 2021 – The traditional kickoff of the summer boating season, Memorial Day weekend, is just days away, and TowBoatUS, the on-water towing service that gets boats home after they break down or run aground, is expecting a very busy 2021 summer boating season ahead with increased boating traffic…
On March 17th, the IRS announced that individual taxpayers have until May 17th to file and pay their 2020 federal income tax. You don’t need to file any forms for this relief it’s automatic. It’s important to note that this extension does not apply to corporations, partnerships, estates, or trusts. You…
ANNAPOLIS, Md., March 23, 2021 – In recreational boating, cellphones are just fine for routine communications. So why do you need a VHF radio – either a handheld or fixed mount – on your boat? Because in an emergency it’s the only thing that can directly connect you to the U.S. Coast Guard’s…
Applies to boats less than 26 feet operating on plane or above displacement speed SPRINGFIELD, Va., March 15, 2021 – There are new engine cutoff device wear requirements for recreational boat operators as part of the January 1, 2021, passage of National Defense Authorization Act that included a U.S. Coast Guard…
Water Resources Outlook (February 2021)
11/5/2020 9:06:00 PM
Space Coast Daily
Donald C. Vautrinot was spearfishing for red snapper off Destin on Oct. 18 when he went back down to snag a few lionfish. And there it was.
11/5/2020 5:30:20 PM
Panama City WJHG-TV on MSN.com
One man who works near the Destin intersection of Main and Kelly streets says it has long been a dangerous one. “Tons of kids that’ll be around, they ride bikes, baseball team kids. It’s a very family ...
11/5/2020 9:15:07 AM
Panama City WJHG-TV on MSN.com
DESTIN, Fla. (WJHG) - A new record has been set for the biggest lionfish caught in the Gulf of Mexico. Donald Vautrinot says he was spearfishing for red snapper off of Destin on October 18th when he ...
Watercrest Senior Living Group and The St. Joe Company Celebrate the Pre-Opening of Watercrest Santa Rosa Beach Assisted Living and Memory Care
11/5/2020 4:58:00 AM
Watercrest Senior Living Group and The St. Joe Company proudly announce that Watercrest Santa Rosa Beach Assisted Living and Memory Care ...
11/5/2020 3:28:00 AM
The Destin Log
Destin Middle School has lost a second student to a tragic vehicle accident. Isadora Vicente, 12, was pronounced dead at the accident scene on Interstate 10 in Santa Rosa County on Sunday just hours ...
11/3/2020 9:03:27 PM
Panama City WJHG-TV on MSN.com
WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Walton County residents north of the Choctawhatchee Bay also decided people who come through the area and stay in their hotels and motels will pay a bed tax. The bed ...
11/3/2020 8:39:00 PM
The Destin Log
City voters chose Dewey Destin, Teresa Hebert, Kevin Schmidt and Johnny King to fill the open City Council seats Tuesday. Those candidates were the top vote-getters in Destin's at-large, non-partisan ...
11/3/2020 4:47:00 PM
The Destin Log
The Destin Middle School cross-country teams made a good showing in the Okaloosa County Cross-Country meet held at Twin Oaks Park in Niceville. Both the Marlin boys and girls team finished fourth, ...
11/3/2020 3:16:00 PM
Alligator Point extends out from the corner where Grand Lagoon makes off to the west from St. Andrew Bay proper, and like many “elbows,” it’s a likely fishing spot. There’s grass here to several ...
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