Senator Sachs addressed parasail operators from around the country at the Water Sports Industry Association’s Parasail Operators Symposium in St. Petersburg.  Senator Sachs joined other notable speakers to address the issues of improving safety standards in the industry including Admiral William D. Lee, Deputy for Operations Policy and Capabilities of the US Coast Guard.

Senator Sachs addressing the parasail operators at the annual symposium

Senator Sachs addressing the parasail operators at the annual symposium

The main goal of the Symposium is to improve parasail safety by adopting standards through a consensus process. Senator Sachs has been fighting on behalf of the parasailing industry and filed SB 320 for this upcoming session.  SB 320 requires commercial parasailing companies to carry insurance, to have an employee on the boat to weather conditions, and to ensure that operators stop services when weather conditions are unfavorable.

Executive Director of the WSIA, Larry Meddock, was excited about the event and the opportunity to assist the parasailing industry in regulating themselves to a higher standard, “Parasailing as an industry is presented with an extraordinary opportunity to regulate themselves in the most effective and efficient way possible through this upcoming Symposium,” Meddock said. “The industry support has been tremendous so far and we are very fortunate to welcome high-level members of the Florida legislature and the U.S. Coast Guard to this two-day event.”

Senator Sachs with Admiral William Lee of the US Coast Guard

Senator Sachs with Admiral William Lee of the US Coast Guard