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Florida commission names top boating safety educator

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission named Wilbur Hugli of Fort Walton Beach as Florida's 2010 Boating Educator of the Year.

As the state winner, Hugli also will be a candidate for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators’ national award.

The award recognizes those in the boating education field who go above and beyond to engage new and current boaters, raise awareness and make boating education initiatives relevant, thorough and exciting.

Hugli has been part of the Fort Walton Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the U.S. Power Squadrons, for 21 years. Through his efforts with the Power Squadrons, Hugli has volunteered his time to author four widely acclaimed boating safety seminars, as well as a benchmark student manual for educating new boaters.

Hugli also has reached out to young boaters, prompting Crestview High School and the University of West Florida to implement classroom and online boating safety classes.

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