FWC kicks off boating enforcement weekend 

FWC National Safe Boating Week
Courtesy of FWC

Operation Dry Water will enter its national weekend of enforcement Saturday through Monday as Florida officials look for impaired boaters.  

The operation aims to reduce boating incidents caused by alcohol and drugs and runs a year-round awareness campaign. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has been a part of Operation Dry Water since its start in 2009.  

“Ensuring the safety and enhancing the overall boating experience for the people enjoying our beautiful waterways is a priority for us,” Maj. Rob Beaton, FWC’s boating and waterways section leader, said in a press release. “We will be patrolling statewide during the upcoming weekend and throughout the holiday looking for any signs of boater impairment.”   

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FWC reports that Florida has more than a million registered recreational vessels, and law enforcement removed 93 impaired operators during the 2022 Operation Dry Water.  

Alcohol blood limit for operating boats is the same as driving a car—0.08. 

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