Florida Passes One Million Pleasure Boats – CBS Miami

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — More than one million recreational boats are registered in Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The agency said Friday the number had been surpassed, with the highest number of vessel registrations in Miami-Dade County, at 74,622, followed by Pinellas County, at 53,867; Lee County, with 50,304; Broward County, with 47,741; and Hillsborough County, with 41,495.

Florida requires vessels to be registered with local tax collectors within 30 days of purchase.

Registration is not required for non-motorized boats under 16 feet in length, as well as canoes, kayaks, racing hulls and rowing sculls.

As the state passed the 1 million mark, the commission tried to emphasize the importance of safety.

“With more boats on the water, we want to spread the word about boating safety to residents and visitors who are enjoying Florida’s year-round boating season,” said Maj. Rob Beaton, Chief of navigation and waterways section of the commission, in a press release.

“A safe day on the boat is a great day. Nothing can ruin a fun and memorable experience on the water faster than a boating accident.”

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