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St. Augustine: 4th of July on the Water

Florida By Water has released its 2011 list of places where you can view fireworks from your boat. Thus far, more than 30 locations have been submitted by local Chambers of Commerce as well as Tourism and Visitor bureaus from across the Sunshine State.

Florida is one of the few states that can offer this many elaborate displays over water, allowing spectators to view the celebration from the comfort of their boat and making for the perfect holiday outing.

There are things that should be kept in mind before venturing out for an evening on the water. Rusty Gardner, founder of Florida By Water, reminds us that even although this can be a great boating experience, safety must always come first. He offers up a few suggestions:

  • First, make sure that all of your navigation lights are in working order. It is imperative that other boaters are able to see you in the dark.
  • Second, it is very helpful to have a chart plotter or other navigation device on board when navigating at night. Slow speeds are always better in these conditions and a extra lookout could be invaluable.
  • Third, make sure you have all of the required safety equipment on board and always wear your life jacket!
  • And finally, never drink and boat. As the captain you are responsible for the safety of everyone on your vessel. With this many boats on the water, the 4th of July is not a time to take risks.
  • One concern about the firework displays for 2011 are the dry conditions and the fire danger. It is likely that a few events may be canceled due to these issues. Keep an eye on Florida By Water for any necessary updated information.

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