According to Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism organization, the Sunshine State set a record for tourism in 2018. The state welcomed 126.1 million out-of-state visitors last year, exceeding the previous year’s record of 118.8 million visitors. According to records, 10.8 million of those visitors were from overseas, while another 3.5 million were from Canada. In addition to attractions like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World, Florida also has attractions like Busch Gardens and a thriving boating community. My Sun Coast reports on 2018 Florida boating statistics, which saw a decrease in boating accidents.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, which oversees boating, Florida had 628 boating accidents in 2018. This number is down 18 percent from the previous year.
People falling overboard continues to be the leading type of fatal accident according to the report. The report is used to encourage boaters to focus on simple and effective precautions to make the hobby safer. FWC officers will take to the water over the Memorial Day Weekend to ensure that boaters have the necessary safety equipment such as whistles and life jackets.
As Florida’s seaways get busier, the easiest step that boaters can take to stay safe is to pay close attention to their surroundings and take basic safety measures.
Florida is the boating capital of the world, according to Bekah Nelson of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. Nearly 30% of the accidents that occurred in 2018 involved collisions between vehicles. There are currently 950 thousand registered vessels in Florida, which leads the nation.