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Sea Tow Foundation gains donation for life-jacket loaners

Starting on Columbus Day weekend, boaters from Miami to the upper Florida Keys will be able to borrow life jackets at seven new loaner stations, thanks to a $5,559 donation to the non-profit Sea Tow Foundation to buy 300 life jackets.

The loaner stations, stocked with life jackets that boaters can borrow free, will be available for Miami’s Columbus Day Regatta and throughout the year, Sea Tow Foundation executive director Gail R. Kulp said.

“The Sea Tow Foundation appreciates the generous donation from Southern Eagle and Anheuser-Busch that will make 300 life jackets available to boaters on seven life jacket loaner stands in Miami and the Upper Florida Keys,” Kulp said in a statement.

The loaner stations are at the following locations:

• Crandon Park, 6747 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne

• Loggerhead Marina-South Miami, 24777 SW 87th Ave., Miami

• Matheson Hammock Park, 9610 Old Cutler Road, Miami

• Dinner Key Marina, 3400 Pan American Drive, Miami

• Homestead Bayfront Marina and Park, 9698 SW 328th St., Homestead

• Caribbean Club, 104080 Overseas Highway, Key Largo

• Harry Harris Park, East Beach Road, Tavernier

“These new Sea Tow Foundation life jacket loaner stations will help to further the foundation’s ongoing mission of helping to make boating safer and more enjoyable by encouraging boaters to wear life jackets while on the water,” Sea Tow International founder and CEO Capt. Joseph Frohnhoefer said. “We are very grateful to our partners at Southern Eagle and Anheuser-Busch for making these stations possible.”

The foundation is Sea Tow’s charitable arm. Its program has loaned more than 28,000 life jackets to boaters since 2008. More information and a list of loaner stations in the United States is available at www.boatingsafety.com.

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