FWC News Release
Contact: Lt. Scott Olson, 850-488-5600

Boating is practically synonymous with Florida. Boat-rental businesses keep very busy providing boats to individuals who would like to enjoy the Sunshine State out on the water. However, there is more to operating a boat than just filling out a rental form.

Beginning this week, boat-rental businesses must display boating safety information at their place of business for their patrons to see. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (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 a host of 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 paddled boats, motorboats, sailboats, personal watercraft and houseboats. The FWC subsequently passed regulations that require rental companies to prominently display these signs to the renting public.

The intent is to make sure people who rent boats in Florida have an excellent opportunity to be exposed to information on a few of the most essential boating safety topics prior to renting.

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 are encouraged to contact the FWC's Boating and Waterways Section at 850-488-5600.