FORT MYERS, Fla. - Parasailing companies could soon face more regulations in Florida. This comes after a terrifying parasailing accident that was caught on camera. Two teenagers are still recovering after their parasail snapped and smashed into a condo building in panama city last summer.
The new bill would mean parasails could be grounded, depending on the weather. When it comes to parasailing, there's always a little bit of apprehension for first timers.
"It's pretty windy today," said beach goer Sean Rinke, "I'm not sure if that makes a difference or not, but I don't know; I'm afraid of heights."
The Florida state legislature passed the bill that would impose some regulations on the sport. One of the main rules would be to ground parasailing when winds reach 20 miles per hour or more.
"There are definitely companies that aren't as precautious as others and it is important," said Amanda Ikerd, a Ranalli Parasail Inc. employee.
The bill reached Governor Rick Scott's desk after the devastating parasailing accident in Panama City captured national attention.
Where most businesses oppose regulations, the parasailing companies on Fort Myers Beach agree that the the new bill means safety is always first. As for their customers,they think the same.
"They need to be overseen by somebody to make sure they're not going up in winds that are dangerous, and seas that are dangerous as well," said Bob Huber, "I agree with that 100%."