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Beginning July 1, 2016, boats boarded by Florida state and local marine law enforcement and suc- cessfully passing a safety inspection will be issued an inspection decal.
Once the new
decal is properly
and local officers
may not stop that watercraft again solely
for the purpose of a vessel-safety inspec-
tion. Vessels with the decal may, however,
be stopped by marine law-enforcement
officers for any other lawful reason.
having the decal
does not change
the authority for
the U.S. Coast
Guard to board
have no expiration date, can
only be issued to
vessels that are
on the water at
the time of inspection. Boaters may
request a safety inspection. There’s no
guarantee, however, that an officer will
be available to inspect the vessel and
issue a decal.
The “Courtesy Marine Examination”
stickers issued by the U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadrons will
not exempt boats from any safety board-
ing. — MORGAN NEUHOFF
Florida passes vessel safety check law