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Sports
6:14 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Senator Sets Sail After Passing Of Parasailing Law

Senator Maria Sachs suits up in a life vest prior to her parasailing flight.
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Senator Maria Sachs (D-Delray) knows how far she's come when she's parasailing over the crystal-blue waters of Fort Lauderdale Beach.

It's been more than 10 years since Florida's Legislature attempted to create new regulations for the parasailing industry. By the time of her Thursday morning flight, the law had finally changed. 

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Sports
4:15 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Parasail Operators Face New Regulations

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A new law mandating several safety measures for the parasailing industry went into effect on October 1.

The White-Miskell Act is named for Kathleen Miskell and Amber White. They lost their lives in two separate parasailing accidents in Pompano Beach.

Miskell died in 2012, and White died in 2007.

"It was so tragic and so unfortunate and so unnecessary," says Delray Beach State Senator Maria Sachs.

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Parasailing
12:45 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Victims Of Parasailing Accidents Beg Lawmakers For Stronger Regulations

Shannon Kraus cries during a news conference at the Capitol Thursday. Her teenage daughters were in a parasailing accident in 2007 in Pompano Beach. Amber White was killed and Crystal White suffered permanent injuries.
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A series of deaths and injuries may lead to stronger oversight of Florida’s parasailing industry. Victims and their families are lobbying lawmakers in Tallahassee for help.

Crystal White was 17-years-old when she and her younger sister went parasailing in Pompano Beach in 2007. White says she remembers the boat operator talking about bad weather approaching, but he sent them up anyway. Then, the wind picked up.

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