Maria Lorts Sachs

Parasailing bill heads to Gov. Scott

Parasailing bill heads to Gov. Scott

After falling silent for nearly a month, a bill that would impose stricter rules on commercial parasailing operators passed through both the Florida House and Senate Thursday and now heads to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature.

Two Pompano Beach parasailing deaths – one in 2007 and another in 2012 – sparked the legislation.

“This important legislation will save lives, prevent needless injuries and tragedies,” House sponsor Rep. Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, D-Deerfield Beach, said in an emailed statement. “I am pleased Florida is taking necessary action to bring reasonable regulations to parasailing operators who are a component of our state’s important tourism industry.”