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NEWS FROM AROUND THE SOUTH AND THE WORLD OF SAILING Send us news, including business press releases, to editor@southwindsmagazine.com. We need to receive them by the 1st of the month preceding publication. Contact us if later (it most likely will get in, but not certain).

Strictly Sail Miami Joins Miami Boat Show Main Location on Virginia Key The Miami Strictly Sail Boat Show, which has been held at MiaMarina at Bayside in recent years as a separate show, will be joining the main show on Virginia Key in February. Because of remodeling changes, the main show moved from the Miami Beach Convention Center to Virginia Key in 2016. The in-water powerboat show, which was part of the Miami Boat Show, that was held at Sea Isle Marina, also moved to Virginia Key that year. Strictly Sail Miami lost its Bayside location because of plans to build the Miami SkyTower at MiaMarina, so the sail show has now moved to join the main show. Sail booth exhibitors will have their own section in the main tent on Virginia Key, although some exhibitors, if they so choose, will be located at different locations. Some will be across from the water taxi docks in Tent J. The in-water sailboats will have their own docks at the show, all in one area. Sail Seminars will be held at Virginia Key. The show will be held Feb. 15-19. For show informa-

tion and to buy tickets online, go to MiamiBoatShow.com

Don’t be Stopped by the Florida Water Police for Boat Inspections – Get Your Florida Boat Safety Inspection Decal By Steve Morrell On July 1, 2016, a Florida law (HB 703 2016) went into effect that allowed boat owners to get a safety equipment inspection by water police in the state. If they passed the inspection, they could then get a decal from the inspecting officer which they could mount on their boat (location to be done under specific instructions). With the decal, the police cannot stop a boat just to do a safety inspection (unless they see something not in compliance). Currently, the decals have no expiration date. The bill was passed as a result of State Representative Rick Workman’s efforts after he was stopped on his boat several times over the course of a year for safety inspections and he got tired of it.

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Southwinds December 2017  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...

Southwinds December 2017  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...