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Old 06-15-2005, 06:14 PM
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Question Florida Laws Regarding Drinking & Boating?

Are there some new laws stating you can not have ANYONE consuming alcohol while on the boat or while boat is underway?
While at the Glasstream plant in Panama City last week they mentioned some Senator(state?) helped pass a law to that affect. I understand that no one should be drinking and driving, but could these people at the factory have gotten the facts confused.
Let us know..returning to factory shortly for progress report.
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Old 06-15-2005, 06:24 PM
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I'm sure it has to do with manatees somehow.
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I'm sure it has to do with manatees somehow.
Now that is funny right there!!!!
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Talked with Texas Game Warden today because I had heard the same thing here. He said that the law had not changed.


It is UNLAWFUL for any Person to:

Operate while intoxicated (loss of mental or physical faculties, or blood alcohol content of .08 or higher)


That that means that I can't even operate my boat sober???
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I was charged with a boating dui once at .03 after a day in jail and 2K in fee's I beat it but the cop said Oh well we just got to you a little late You were probably drunk earlier in the day
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Craig,
Your right, that is some funny chit!

Now back to the matter @ hand, I have not heard anything about it, but I will investigate and report back w/ my findings.
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Last I heard, as long as you operating the boat without incidents(too fast,too close,all over the ICW) YOU CAN RUN ALL DAY WITH A BEER IN YOUR HAND EVEN AS YOU WAVE TO THE COPS. Seen it done around here and not even a second look by law enforcement.
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Last I heard, as long as you operating the boat without incidents(too fast,too close,all over the ICW) YOU CAN RUN ALL DAY WITH A BEER IN YOUR HAND EVEN AS YOU WAVE TO THE COPS. Seen it done around here and not even a second look by law enforcement.
Those are my experiences as well.

The operator can not be intoxicated, but drinking is permitted.
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I was charged with a boating dui once at .03 after a day in jail and 2K in fee's I beat it but the cop said Oh well we just got to you a little late You were probably drunk earlier in the day
For a .03!?! How could they even arrest you for that? Did you find out where that cop lived?
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Last I heard, as long as you operating the boat without incidents(too fast,too close,all over the ICW) YOU CAN RUN ALL DAY WITH A BEER IN YOUR HAND EVEN AS YOU WAVE TO THE COPS. Seen it done around here and not even a second look by law enforcement.
I have actually cracked a beer while being searched by Game & Fish. If that is a law, it just passed this session. And, I would be very surprised if we wouldn't have heard about that hear from someone.
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