Florida rental companies must post safety information

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Beginning this week, boat-rental businesses in Florida must display boating safety information at their place of business for their patrons to see, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The FWC is assisting businesses with this law by providing free signs with the required boating information.

The FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement held public meetings and invited rental-business owners to attend. The attendees helped FWC staff determine what topics are most important and how that information might best be displayed to the renting public.

Business owners worked with FWC staff to create separate informational signs for paddle boats, powerboats, sailboats, PWC and houseboats. The FWC subsequently passed regulations that require rental companies to prominently display these signs to the renting public.

Signs have been produced and mailed, free of charge, to as many boat rental businesses as could be identified.

Rental companies that have not received their signs can contact the FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section at (850) 488-5600.

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