Senator Sets Sail After Passing Of Parasailing Law

Oct 2, 2014
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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. 

Parasail Operators Face New Regulations

Oct 1, 2014
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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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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.