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Florida institutes new safety regulations

Boating-safety education requirements changed in Florida beginning Jan. 1.

Boat operators who were born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, must pass an approved boating-safety course and possess photo identification and a boating-safety education identification card issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to legally operate a boat with a motor of 10-hp or more.

"We want to encourage everyone, regardless of when they were born, to take an approved boating-safety education course, because all of us can learn something new, even if we have been boating all our lives," said Capt. Carol Keyser of FWC's boating and waterways section, in a statement. "For some, it is now required to take the course."

For inquiries, contact FWC's division of law enforcement at (850) 488-5600 or e-mail questions to the FWC at bobbercard@myfwc.com.

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