|Published:||Apr 08, 2013 6:38 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 08, 2013 6:43 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- The push to make you safer the next time you go parasailing. A bill to create stricter rules for parasailing companies is dead in the water, but some state lawmakers aren't giving up. Their concern is from January 1, 2001 to December 3, 2012, Florida had 19 parasail accidents and six were deadly. Wink news found out Fort Myers Beach already has safety laws in place.
Monday the Sallese family set sail and glided over the Fort Myers Beach water.
"We talked to the gentleman about his safety equipment, it was all up to specks; We're good, we are not worried," said rider Mike Sallese.
Sallese said he never felt his family was in any danger as they dangled in the air.
"If there was any doubt in my mind, they wouldn't be up there," said Sallese.
Fort Myers Beach regulates its own rules when it comes to parasailing.
"I think it's a perfect idea so the operators in that area have to be responsible and it seems to work quite well for us," said Patrick Ranalli.
Patrick Ranalli, owner of Ranalli Parasail, says everything is monitored closely.
"We're looking for wear and tear, how we left things the night before and of course we are looking at the weather conditions," Ranalli explained.
But state lawmakers want one set of rules to apply to every parasailing business across Florida.
"I don't think the regulations that currently stand are sufficient," said State Representative, Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed.
They've been trying to pass the Miskell/White bill since 2008, and each year, it has failed. It went before the Senate last week, but once again failed to make it through to the house.
"We are not a third world country, we should not act like one, we are a global leader and we need to act like one," said State Senator, Maria Sachs.
The bill outlines the need for more rules and regulations like pre-inspections, monitoring weather conditions and liability insurance
Current state regulations require someone to watch the rider, riders must wear life jackets and operations are restricted near marked channels or during dawn or dusk. Representative Clarke-Reed and Senator Sachs say they will push for this bill again next year.
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