U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to participate at Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach Open House

Who: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
What: National Safe Boating Week Open House
When: Saturday May 18th, from 10 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Where: 719 San Carlos Dr. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

(Naples, Florida) – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 96 at Wiggins Pass in Naples, will be participating in the U.S. Coast Guard Station National Safe Boating Week kick-off Open House event on Saturday May 18th, from 10 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

National Safe Boating Week runs from May 18-24, 2019 to promote and highlight the importance of practicing safe boating. “The Safe Boating Campaign reminds boaters of important safety practices such as taking a boating safety course, never boating under the influence, and knowing navigational rules,” said Yvonne Pentz, the Communications Director of the National Safe Boating Council. “Statistics from the U.S. Coast Guard tell the story that responsible boating can save lives.”

The Open House provides boaters with diverse tips and valuable information. Guests will tour several Coast Guard boats during the event. Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be available to answer recreational boating safety questions. Participants will learn more about safe boating education, having the proper equipment on their vessel, marine safety and environmental protection concerns.

Flotilla Commander James Mayer stated, “Throughout the day, there will be the instructional seminar “Suddenly in Command” to learn what to do in the event of a boating emergency and demonstrations of paddle boat safety. We are pleased to participate in this annual event.”  As an added attraction, ‘Coastie’, a remote-controlled low endurance class cutter, will make an appearance. Free hot dogs and water will be served.

Scheduled to attend:
Lee County EMS
Safe Kids Southwest Florida
Lee County Sheriff Marine Unit
U.S. Coast Guard & Auxiliary Recruiters
Florida Dept Environmental Protection
Fort Myers Beach Fire Department Truck
Golisano Neonatal & Pediatric Hospital Ambulance
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the lead agency protecting America’s seaward frontier in recreational boating safety. Our vessels and aircraft deploy across the U.S. and they aid or save countless boaters every year.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, please visit www.cgaux.org


For further information about this event and other local Flotilla #96 programs offered, contact:

R. George Lehner

FSO – Public Affairs/Flotilla 96

USCGAUX – District 07 Division 09

13531 Vanderbilt Dr.

Naples, FL  34110

(614) 395-5005 – mobile

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